§ 16-62-4. Creation.
(a) There is authorized, created, and established a public corporation of the state having a legal existence distinct from the state and not constituting a department of state government, which is a governmental agency and public instrumentality of the state, to be known as the "Rhode Island student loan authority," with the powers that are set forth in this chapter, for the purposes of financing education through the making, purchasing, taking, acquiring, or lending against the security of, eligible loans and education loans and of selling eligible loans and education loans made, taken, endorsed, acquired, or purchased by it to governmental or private financial institutions.
(b) The exercise by the authority of the powers conferred by this chapter shall be deemed and held to be the performance of an essential governmental function of the state for public purposes. It is the intent of the general assembly by the passage of this chapter to vest in the authority all powers, authority, rights, privileges, and titles which may be necessary to enable it to accomplish the purposes set forth in this chapter, and this chapter and the powers granted by it shall be liberally construed in conformity with those purposes.
(c) The authority and its corporate existence shall continue until terminated by law or until the authority shall cease entirely and continuously to conduct or be involved in any business in furtherance of its purposes, provided that no termination shall take effect so long as the authority shall have bonds, notes, or other obligations outstanding, unless adequate provision shall have been made for their payment pursuant to the documents securing the bonds, notes, or other obligations or to the law. Upon termination of the existence of the authority, all its rights and properties shall pass to and be vested in the state. At no time shall the assets or other property of the authority inure to the benefit of any person or other corporation or entity.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 44, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 35, § 1.)