The push for free tuition gained support in another state.
On Monday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo became the second governor to propose a free tuition policy at public colleges this year, following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Both plans need to be approved by their states' legislatures.
Raimondo would limit the free-tuition program for residents to just two years, rather than four, at the state's public colleges: University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island.
Unlike Cuomo's plan, every Rhode Island resident who graduates high school in-state would be eligible, regardless of income. Cuomo's proposal limits eligibility to families who earn $125,000 or less a year.