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Record 16.3M seek health coverage through ‘Obamacare’ 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A record 16.3 million people sought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, double the number covered when the marketplaces first...
NEW I­NCENTIVE: Rhode Island College interim President Jack Warner wants state lawmakers to approve a scholarship to cover two years of tuition for students who enroll directly out of high school. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Give RIC scholarship to help lure students

A 33% decline in enrollment at Rhode Island College over the last decade should be sounding alarm bells on campus and at the Statehouse. The...
DIFFICULT DECISION: Yifei “Jerry” Hu has made the tough choice to remain in the U.S. and continue studying cognitive science at Brown University rather than return home to China, where strict COVID-19 policies and lockdowns are still in effect.
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On some campuses, Chinese students are fewer

When Yifei “Jerry” Hu arrived at Brown University last year, he knew he wasn’t going to return home – at least not for a...

Brown University admits 2,546 students for 2026 class

PROVIDENCE – Brown University has admitted 2,546 students for its 2026 class, including offering admission to nearly 900 freshmen in December and an additional...
REACHING OUT: Bryant University President Ross Gittell says since three-fourths of the school’s students come from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, Bryant is increasing its efforts to enhance knowledge about the university beyond the New England region. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Gittell leads Bryant with an economist’s eye

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) Bryant University President...

HealthSource RI announces extended open enrollment for 2022

EAST PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance marketplace, has announced an extended open enrollment period that begins Monday for 2022 health coverage. Those...
DEFERRED: Megan Faucher, a prospective student at Providence College, has chosen to defer her enrollment for the second time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Declines in enrollment put squeeze on colleges

Megan Faucher of Pawtucket has been waiting to go to college, but the pandemic has made the wait even longer. Faucher, a single mother of...

Should state aid to Rhode Island’s three public colleges be increased...

All three of Rhode Island’s state colleges are expecting enrollment declines for the upcoming fall semester, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Community College...

UMass Law sees 21.5% boost in first-year student enrollment for 2019-20

DARMOUTH – The law school on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus increased first-year student enrollment by 21.5%, to 113, for the 2019-20 academic...
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s walk-in center in East Providence. The state’s health insurance exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for coverage in 2019 as of Dec. 10.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

HealthSource RI enrollment ahead of last year’s pace

HealthSource RI is running ahead of last year in enrolling Rhode Islanders for health insurance coverage in 2019. With the deadline approaching on open enrollment,...
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