Rhode Island State Scholarship and Grant Program The state of Rhode Island provides scholarships and grants for Rhode Island residents who demonstrate financial need. To apply, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 for the following academic year. For more information, contact Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority by calling 800-922-9855 (toll-free) or 401-736-1170. You can also discuss grant options with your fniancial planning representative.In addition, students from the following states may be eligible for state grant money: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Contact the Higher Education Authority in your home state for more information.