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R.I.’s New Chief Wants to Expand Free Tuition



by Linda Borg

CRANSTON, R.I. — Brenda Dann-Messier, Rhode Island’s new commissioner of postsecondary education, hasn’t given up on the governor’s plan to offer two years of free tuition to the state’s four-year colleges.

“I’m hoping we go back to the governor’s original proposal,” she said during an interview on Tuesday.

Dann-Messier, who was appointed to her post two weeks ago, said students are at greatest risk of dropping out at the end of their sophomore year. Offering free tuition to juniors and seniors at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island is a great way to keep them on track.

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