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CCRI inks guaranteed admission and tuition agreement with Providence College

Sept. 26, 2014

CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale and the Rev. Brian J. Shanley, president of Providence College, shake hands after signing the Guaranteed Admission & Tuition Agreement between the two institutions Friday morning. CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale and the Rev. Brian J. Shanley, president of Providence College, shake hands after signing the Guaranteed Admission & Tuition Agreement between the two institutions Friday morning.

Representatives from the Community College of Rhode Island and Providence College gathered around the table in the CCRI Board Room Friday morning to celebrate the signing of a new transfer policy benefitting CCRI students who transfer to PC.

The Guaranteed Admission & Tuition Agreement offers students conditional acceptance into PC's School of Continuing Education (PC-SCE) while they are enrolled at CCRI and provides a 33 percent tuition discount to eligible students who graduate and transfer there.

"This is an agreement that is going to be so positive for the state of Rhode Island, for our students and for the students of Providence College," said CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale. "Providence College is a first-class academic institution. I can't think of a better place for our students to go."

Though Di Pasquale and other CCRI representatives who worked on crafting the agreement with PC had much to say about the benefits to CCRI students, PC's President, the Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P, pointed out that PC students would benefit equally from the exchange.
Sharing that his niece is a nontraditional student attending CCRI with hopes to eventually transfer to PC, Shanley said: "It's a perfect fit for our mission. When we were founded in 1917, PC was to be a place of opportunity, especially for first-generation students. ... CCRI is the best place for many students to start their education, and we are delighted that PC can be a place where they'll finish their education."

CCRI has articulation agreements with many colleges and universities across the country, but Di Pasquale said that working to form this agreement was particularly special and seamless in that it would allow local students – 99 percent of CCRI's student population comes from Rhode Island, he noted – to continue on to a hometown school.

"It's an unbelievable opportunity for Rhode Islanders," he said. "Father, to you and your team, thank you for reaching out to us and being our partner. Thank you for helping students at CCRI to realize their dreams, because for many of them, their dreams is to go to PC. As they move from here to your institution, there is no doubt in my mind that PC will change their lives forever."

CCRI students must sign up for the Guaranteed Admission & Tuition Agreement before accumulating 30 credits and must be enrolled in a major for which an articulation agreement is in place between the PC-SCE and CCRI.

To remain eligible, students must consult with CCRI and PC-SCE advisers on course selection each semester while enrolled. Students must complete the CCRI associate degree and fulfill all terms and conditions of the articulation agreement at CCRI and must transfer to PC-SCE within two semesters of graduating from CCRI with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Students who fulfill all of these requirements will be eligible for a 33 percent reduction in undergraduate tuition at PC-SCE. They must earn and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA or higher and earn a minimum of 12 credits per academic year while enrolled at PC-SCE to remain eligible for the tuition discount. The tuition reduction will expire five years from the date of the student's initial enrollment in PC-SCE.

Students interested in transferring to PC can learn more online or make an appointment to speak to an adviser

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