The FAFSA has certain ineligibility standards such as undocumented status or prior criminal convictions that prevent students from using the program.
“If a student has the initiative to continue their education past high school, we should be supportive of their efforts to better themselves and their communities. The RI Promise program has opened up numerous doors for our students who want to achieve a degree but do not have the financial means to do so and I feel that it is only fair to make this scholarship accessible to all of our students who wish to take the next step in their education,” said Representative Biah.
“This legislation will expand the opportunities of higher education to all those who recognize the benefits of continuing their education. This legislation is not only about fairness, but also incentivizing and supporting students who understand that higher education is a pathway to future success and a better life,” said Senator Ciccone.
The legislation (2021-H 5826 / 2021-S 0993) would allow students who are legally unable to complete the FAFSA to complete a comparable form created by the Community College of Rhode Island to receive funding under the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship.
The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.