Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities • Tam Tran Scholarship

Rhode Island Promise to Benefit Undocumented Students


On August 3, 2017. Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law Rhode Island Promise, a new scholarship program that will allow 2017 Rhode Island high school graduates to pursue a two-year associate degree at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) tuition free.

Undocumented students are eligible, and we strongly encourage you to apply!

Here are the details:
How do I sign up?

1. Apply to CCRI.
2. Complete the FAFSA. Undocumented students are eligible to fill out the FAFSA form, and we strongly encourage you to do so.
3. Submit your official high school or GED® transcript.
4. Complete the Rhode Island Promise agreement.

If you have any questions about the FAFSA, don’t hesitate to contact CASO or call the Rhode Island Educational Opportunities Center (RIEOC): 401-455-6028.

You may also contact CCRI Admissions if you have any problems obtaining your transcripts: or 401-825-2003.

Who is eligible?

• Rhode Island residents.
• 2017 high school graduates (public, private or homeschooled) or GED® recipients younger than 19 years old.
• Undocumented Students.

What if I already paid part or all of my tuition and fees, and then qualify for Rhode Island Promise?

Students who pay for tuition, and then receive Rhode Island Promise, will be refunded once the Rhode Island Promise scholarships are officially disbursed. These refunds are scheduled to begin on Oct. 10.

What if I received a Tam Tran Scholarship in 2017?

Tam Tran Scholars will be able to use their award funds to purchase books. Contact us after you register at CCRI and we will arrange for you to use your funds at the CCRI bookstore.

How do I maintain the scholarship for two years?

• Enroll both fall and spring semester for two years.
• Enroll full time (we strongly encourage registering for 15 credits).
• Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

IMPORTANT: Special sign up session for Tam Tran Scholarship recipients and Undocumented students at CCRI-Knight Campus (Warwick) Room 1040 on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 9-10:30am, Room 1040. Look for Tam Tran Scholarship director, Marta V. Martínez. Questions? Send an email:

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