Providence, R.I. __ Let’s role play: you’re an administrator at a Rhode Island state college. A local student applies and wants to pay the in-state tuition price. The student isn’t eligible for financial aid and will pay out of pocket for her education. She’s an overachiever, stacked with awards and accomplishments and all sorts of testaments to her intellect. The catch (because there is always one) is that she’s undocumented. Would you send her (and her money) out the door?
If this were 2010, you’d have to say ‘Bye’ to your potential star student (and her money). Since the passage of the in-state tuition policy by the RI Board of Governors in 2011, however, Rhode Island’s public institutions (i.e. Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island and Community College of Rhode Island) have been able to indulge undocumented students who want to spend their hard-earned bucks on an education in Rhode Island.
“Every student who wants to participate is able to,” says CCRI Associate Director of Admissions Rob Giovino, “We spend a lot of time tracking this.”