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R.I. AG says tuition waiver data not public

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The Rhode Island attorney general’s office said the names of state university and college workers getting free tuition for themselves and their families are not public information. The Providence Journal reported that Assistant Attorney General Michael Field has concluded that the state’s Access to Public Records Act does not apply to the college tuition waivers because federal law exempts student records from public disclosure. Last year, there were nearly 3,500 tuition waivers that cost more than $9 million, including about 1,700 waivers for employees at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island and their spouses, children, and domestic partners.

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