Rhode Island Financial Aid

The Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority is now a Division of RIOPC.

Information on scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities, loans, and loan forgiveness programs is available from:

Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC) 

Division of Higher Education Assistance 

560 Jefferson Blvd.

Warwick, RI 02886 

800-922-9855; 401-736-1100 


Rhode Island Promise

All RI high school graduates or GED recipients younger than 19 years old can pursue an associate degree at the Community College of Rhode Island tuition free for two years, regardless of their family income. Students need to go through the admissions process and be enrolled full-time.

More information on the RI Promise @ CCRI is available at ccri.edu/ripromise.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Rewards and Forgiveness Programs

The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) has created Rewards Forgiveness Programs to address the shortage of certain trained workers in the state and to create incentives for retaining these workers. Currently, the RISLA Rewards Program is open to individuals who participate in an approved internship while in college, and individuals who are working as nurses, nurse educators, licensed primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

The program offers loan forgiveness or repayment. Amounts vary depending on the recipient’s profession. A service commitment is required of all participants except student interns.

For additional information on these programs contact:

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority 

P.O. Box 81071

935 Jefferson Blvd. Ste. 3000

Warwick, RI 02888 

800-758-7562; risla.com/reward-programs

The Rhode Island Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation is a proactive community and philanthropic leader dedicated to meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island. The Foundation currently manages nearly 150 scholarship funds offering assistance to Rhode Island students from a variety of academic and income levels for many different areas of study. Many scholarships are administered directly by designated schools and organizations. However, the Foundation accepts applications for some scholarships through the free online scholarship application system.


For additional information contact:

The Rhode Island Foundation 

One Union Station 

Providence, RI 02903 


Fax: 401-331-8085



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