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Fresh Start Scholarship

Get Back on Track!

Do you want to complete a degree that you started in the past? Now is the time! This program designed for busy adult learners will allow you to attend CCRI tuition-free for up to one year.

You can:

  • Enroll full-time or part-time 
  • Take classes in-person or online 

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must: 

  • Be a RI resident (RI State Residency Policy)
  • Have attended classes at CCRI in the past and been enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program.
  • Not have earned an associate or a bachelor’s degree.
  • Not have attended any college between Spring 2023 - Fall 2023. 

Next Steps

1. APPLY: Submit a new application to CCRI for Spring 2024.
  • Your new application will reactivate your student account and allow you to register for classes.
Submit CCRI Application
2. FAFSA: Submit your 2023-2024 FAFSA. 
  • This scholarship is not based on income. However, CCRI needs your FAFSA on file to be able to consider you for this scholarship.
  • If you need assistance, contact the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) to set up a free, 1-on-1 consultation with an advisor to walk through the FAFSA. You can contact the EOC at 401-455-6028 or [email protected].
  • You can also register for a FAFSA workshop here.
Submit FAFSA
3. REGISTER: Register for your classes from your MyCCRI account.
  • Register early to get the best class schedule! How to Register.
  • Please consult the advising schedule to speak with an academic advisor if you need assistance choosing your classes.
  • You may only register for courses in your CCRI program of study.

See Advising Schedule

Need Additional Financial Support?

RI Reconnect is here to help! This initiative was created to assist adult learners in Rhode Island reconnect with educational and job opportunities. Financial support is available for costs such as laptops, groceries, transportation and more! Fill out this short questionnaire to get connected with a RI Reconnect navigator!

Complete Questionnaire

Additional Info

Click on each section below for important details.

The CCRI Fresh Start Scholarship funds up to one year for free to Rhode Island residents who previously attended CCRI and have not yet earned an associate degree or higher.  The scholarship will be offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall 2024 semesters.

  • This is a "last-dollar" scholarship. It covers any tuition gaps not covered by other federal, state  and/or private grants and is awarded after all other financial aid resources have been exhausted.
  • The cost of books/course materials each semester will be supported including inclusive access online materials or a $30 per credit allowance. This may not cover the entire cost of books and course materials.
  • Scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Students can begin in the Spring, Summer or Fall 2024 terms. 
  • Part-time or full-time enrollment is permitted.
  • Students may enroll in certificate or associate degree programs.
  • Students may only enroll in courses that count towards their program of study.
  • Students with military training, corporate training, work experience or other experiential learning, may be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Prior learning must be applicable to the student’s certificate or degree.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must: 

  • Be a Rhode Island resident who qualifies for in-state tuition and fees pursuant to the Residency Policy as adopted by the Council on Postsecondary Education.
  • Have attended classes at CCRI in the past and been enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program. (Dual enrollment and noncredit workforce programs do not meet this requirement.)
  • Have not earned an associate or bachelor’s degree.
  • Spring and Summer 2024 applicants: Have not been enrolled at CCRI or any college during the Spring or Fall 2023 semesters. Fall 2024 applicants: Have not been enrolled at CCRI or any college during the Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 semesters.The National Student Clearinghouse will be used to determine enrollment.
  • Spring and Summer 2024 applicants: Have submitted a complete 2023-2024 FAFSA. Fall 2024 applicants: Have submitted a complete 2024- 2025 FAFSA. (Students who are ineligible for financial aid due to not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) must complete the financial aid appeal process before or during the first semester of the scholarship.)

Other Considerations:

  • Prior outstanding balances with CCRI may be deferred upon review.
  • Students that have defaulted on their federal student loans will be considered. If you are in default, please contact [email protected] for information on the federal fresh start process for getting out of default.

Next Steps: 

1. APPLY: Submit a new application to CCRI for Spring 2024.
  • Your new application will reactivate your student account and allow you to register for classes.
2. FAFSA: Submit your 2023-2024 FAFSA. 
  • This scholarship is not based on income. However, CCRI needs your FAFSA on file to be able to consider you for this scholarship.
  • If you need assistance, contact the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) to set up a free, 1-on-1 consultation with an advisor to walk through the FAFSA. You can contact the EOC at 401-455-6028 or [email protected].
  • You can also register for a FAFSA workshop here.
3. TRANSCRIPTS: Send official transcripts from other colleges that you've attended to [email protected].
  • Our Records Department will evaluate your transcripts to determine if any of your college credits can be transferred in to CCRI.
4. REGISTER: Register for your classes from your MyCCRI account.
  • Register early to get the best class schedule! How to Register.
  • Please consult the advising schedule to speak with an academic advisor if you need assistance choosing your classes.
  • You may only register for courses in your CCRI program of study.

See Advising Schedule

Is the scholarship income-based? 

No. However, our financial aid office still needs to have your FAFSA on file to be able to grant you an award. 

Is there anything the scholarship does not cover? 

The scholarship provides some assistance with the cost of books/course materials, but the entire cost may not be covered.

Can I take classes online and/or in person? 

Yes! CCRI offers many online courses to accommodate the busy lives of our adult learners. We also offer in-person classes for those who prefer face-to-face instruction, and some classes are a hybrid between the two. 

Can I take classes part-time? 

Yes!  You may take just one or two classes at a time if you have other obligations such as work and family to attend to. However, the scholarship will also allow you to attend full-time if you can. 

What classes can I take? 

You may only take classes that count towards your program of study. 

Can I get credit for my work/life experience? 

Yes! If your background includes military service, corporate training, work experience or other experiential learning that is related to your certificate or degree, you may be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Visit our prior learning web page to learn more about how you can shorten your time to degree completion, or contact our CPL Coordinator, Nicole Sheldon, at [email protected] Students with military training should visit https://www.ccri.edu/priorlearning/military.html for information and steps.

 

Will CCRI accept credits from another college? 

Yes! Request that your official college transcripts be sent to [email protected] for evaluation. Our records department will determine which classes can transfer in according to our policies.

I work as a Program Director at a childcare center and am passionate about helping people. I could not afford to go back to school. I kept getting text messages about the scholarship, so I decided to check it out. So far, I love that I can take part-time classes. It is really flexible and manageable! --Saron V. 

See what other scholarship recipients are saying!

Trust yourself! As adults we are able to appreciate knowledge so much more than we did when we were young.

– Jeanne M.

Don’t feel like it’s too late because it’s never too late!

– Cecila S.

Just do it. Make time to get the work done and take advantage of the technology that is available now!

– Laura A.

Take your time even if it’s going back just two classes at a time.

– Courtney P. 

The faculty are understanding of the needs of adult learners and are dedicated to success.

–Denise M. 

My favorite part is the flexibility and accommodations of online learning.

Shane L. 

Hopefully, this is the opportunity that I have been waiting for!

Anthony Z.

I love being able to do my work whenever I want, it's so helpful with my schedule.

– Quinn C.