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ADDED BENEFIT: Jacques Afonso, manager of community and customer management with National Grid Rhode Island, speaks with Jennifer Bray, senior program manager for corporate communications. Afonso has taken advantage of National Grid’s partial student-loan repayment benefit to help pay back $60,000 in loans after graduating from Suffolk University in 2009.
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Loan repayment helps employers compete

Jacques Afonso, a manager of community and customer management for National Grid Rhode Island, had worked for the utility for almost a decade when...

What if everyone applied to college?

The United States has a college-opportunity problem. University graduates earn higher lifetime wages and experience lower unemployment rates, but only about one-third of the...

Cheaper college better than free

One of independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tentpole ideas as a presidential candidate is the promise of a free college education for all Americans....

Brown raises tuition and fees, makes moves to cut greenhouse gases

PROVIDENCE – The Corporation of Brown University has approved a 5 percent increase in undergraduate tuition and fees, bringing the total to $73,736 for...
WHILE THE MAJORITY of public colleges and universities in New England saw double-digit increases in tuition and fee totals at two- and four-year institutions since the 2012-13 academic year, Rhode Island's results were split. The Ocean State saw a 15.5 percent increase in two-year tuition and fees (represented by the two top bar graphs) but a 9.8 percent decrease in four-year tuition and fees (represented by the two bottom bar graphs). / COURTESY NEW ENGLAND BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Report: Tuition, fee increases at public colleges impact region; R.I. results...

PROVIDENCE – Increases in tuition and fees at public colleges and universities across the region in the past five academic years have widened the...
2018 average tuition and fees for
New England colleges and universities
[prices do not include room and board] / Source: Collegetuitioncompare.com

Schools boost fundraising to slow rising student costs

Each year, college gets more expensive. Tuition and other costs have continued to escalate, reports show, prompting ever-higher levels of governmental and institutional financial...
Three and 2.5 percent tuition increases were approved for undergraduate students at all four of the University of Massachusetts campuses on Friday by the school's board of trustees. / COURTESY OF UMASS

2018-19 tuition increases approved by UMass board

PROVIDENCE — Undergraduate tuition increases of 2.5 percent (in-state) and 3 percent (out-of-state) across all four University of Massachusetts undergraduate campuses was approved by the...
SINCE THE 2008 RECESSION, total education revenue per full-time equivalent student at Rhode Island public institutions of higher education has risen 2.9 percent. / COURTESY STATE HIGHER EDUCATION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

Report: Public support for higher education in R.I. lags national average

PROVIDENCE – Since the 2008 recession, total education revenue per full-time equivalent student at a public college or university has risen 2.6 percent using...

R.I. Council on Postsecondary Education approves tuition increases at URI, RIC

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Council on Postsecondary Education voted to raise tuition at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College this fall,...

The case for three-year degrees

The basic cause of America’s student-loan crisis is no mystery: College tuition and fees continue to soar while the earnings of recent graduates remain...
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