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U of R offering free tuition for displaced students

Nov 8, 2017

The University of Rochester is making available free transportation, tuition, and room and board for students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have had their degree programs suspended because their school had to shut down.

Dean of the College in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, Jeff Runner, says they're hoping to bring in 12 students starting in January.

"We wanted to reach out to students affected by the hurricanes coming from both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, partly because it's the right thing to do.  They're living in a situation where they're dealing with a lot of devastation, their classes have been completely disrupted," he said.

It's an opportunity for students displaced by the storms to pick up their studies where they left off.

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"That's the hope.  That's the idea.  We're setting things up so that students that we bring in will be students we hope will be able to be successful here," he said.

Language support will also be provided, if needed.

There is admission process students will need to follow, and there is a December 1st deadline.

Here's a link to the U of R's guest semester program.