The Universidad de Puerto Rico has reopened since the events of Hurricane Maria, but the school has not been made fully operational, leaving 58,000 students currently without a school. To help these students, at least four different colleges in the mainland United States have announced that they will help these Puerto Rican students by offering a place at their schools, tuition-free: New York University, Tulane University, Cornell University, and Brown University.
Universidad de Puerto Rico students will be offered free tuition from at least four schools
New York University will waive tuition for about 50 students whose studies in Puerto Rico were disrupted by Hurricane…
New York University will offer a program called the “Hurricane Maria Assistance Program,” which will offer 50 Puerto Rican students free tuition, in addition to free housing, health insurance, and a meal program for the upcoming 2018 spring semester. In a statement with the New York Times, the school president, Andrew Hamilton, explained the university’s concerns, saying that “The situation in Puerto Rico is obviously something that we’ve all been watching with great concern over the last several weeks…We’re pleased to be able to do this.”
Tulane University, which is based in New Orleans, Louisiana said it would offer similar aid to Puerto Rican students back in October, with a tuition-free guest semester. According to a blog post from the school, the idea to offer aid came from the area’s similar past. “After Katrina, universities and colleges around the world took in our students with open arms; it’s now our turn to pay it forward and assist students in need,” explained Jeff Schuffman, the school’s Director of Admission.
Some of the schools will help with housing, traveling and even meal programs
Recinto de Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. (1978)
Cornell University offered a similar deal towards the end of October, with the Puerto Rican students being offered free tuition, room, and board. According to their official website, “These young people, and nearly everyone in Puerto Rico, have gone through a terrible trauma,” said Cornell President Martha E. Pollack in a statement, adding “This is our way of reaching out to them and our university colleagues in Puerto Rico to show we stand with them and their families during this difficult time in their academic, professional and personal lives.”
Brown University has also announced plans to help 50 students from the Universidad de Puerto Rico. As explained by a statement, in addition to the free tuition, the school will help with travel and housing. “Our entire community has been deeply moved by the devastation that Puerto Rico has suffered,” said Provost Richard Locke in a statement, according to the university’s website. “Partnering with the University of Puerto Rico offers the opportunity for us to welcome exceptional students and scholars to College Hill to continue their research and education while their campuses work to reopen.”