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Rhode Island Student Loan Authority partners with the Preparatory Enrollment Program at RIC

The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) has partnered with the Office of Student Support Services at Rhode Island College to present a financial literacy course for selected future attendees of the college. The Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP) is a pre-college academic program, designed for a limited number of high school seniors from Rhode Island. Students will participate in seven weeks of intensive academic study.

“Students need basic financial literacy information on topics such as budgeting, credit cards and identity theft. RISLA is the perfect partner to provide this valuable service,” said Julia Nesbitt, acting director of RIC’s Student Support Services.

The Student Support Services (SSS) program at Rhode Island College provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

“Over the past five years, RISLA has become the ‘go to resource’ for accurate, unbiased financial literacy information for school administrators, students and parents. During that time, it has established group and individual educational programs, a full suite of informational materials and a lengthy list of Rhode Island school and non-profit organization relationships,” stated Bill Bianchi, Financial Literacy Coordinator.

“Our unique offering of personal counseling, coupled with on-line access to current information and tools via the RISLA Financial Literacy website www.risla.com has evolved at the request of schools and with school and student input. We listened and responded with concise, straight to the point, practical information and assistance” added Bianchi.

Nesbitt said the RISLA team of experts created a customized offering and financial tools to meet student needs in addition to providing the staffing and materials. “It is a true turn-key solution,” she said.

RISLA, a non-profit state authority, provides college planning and financial aid assistance through its College Planning Center of Rhode Island division, financial literacy programs and affordable higher education loans. Since 1981, the Authority has helped more than 100,000 students to achieve the education that they deserve.

For more information, contact William Bianchi, Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, at (401) 468-1755; wbianchi@risla.com.