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Pell promises free tuition for more students at CCRI

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As many as 1,000 students in need may get free tuition at CCRI.

That was the promise from democratic candidate for Governor Clay Pell today.

Pell was in East Providence unveiling more of his state education plan.

He says every year there are 1,000 students turned away from community college educations, because they just can't pay the tuition.

He wants the state to bridge that gap.

"I believe we should double the total amount from $4 million to $8 million dollars that we are spending on this program,” says Pell. “And use it for the students, who are not able to attend college, right now in Rhode Island because of the cost."

Pell says there is no need to raise taxes to do this he would just shift the money from other programs in the states 8.5 billion dollar budget.

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