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Cuomo announces in-state tuition extension for displaced students

Cuomo announces in-state tuition extension for displaced students

June 14, 2018 02:22 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that the State University of New York Board of Trustees has extended its offer for in-state tuition for the 2018-19 academic year to students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

"The promise of quality, affordable higher education can lay the foundation for a lasting difference in the many lives upended during last year's catastrophic hurricane season," Governor Cuomo said. "With this extension, New York continues to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters whose suffering is being neglected and ignored by Washington to this day."
  
Approximately 35 students applied to SUNY under the in-state tuition policy in the fall 2017 academic term and fifty students did so in spring 2018.

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Previously, in an effort led by SUNY Maritime in late May, more than 500 SUNY Maritime College cadets and approximately 50 students from University at Albany and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry volunteered with local non-profit rebuilding organizations, removing debris and preparing roofs for construction in the greater San Juan area.

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