Tulane University Offers Free Tuition To Students Displaced By Recent Hurricanes

“It’s now our turn to pay it forward.”

Tulane University announced Friday that it will open its doors to any student whose college education will be affected by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean to study at the campus in New Orleans for free this spring. The program is available to students from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Martin.

"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," the university said in a statement. 

Interested students must fill out an application and, if possible, submit transcripts by November 1. Students will be required to pay their home institution's free tuition, a policy that Tulane admissions noted on Twitter greatly helped them rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, but the program covers all tuition and fees and the university will attempt to find housing for any student who enrolls for the spring semester.

In the wake of devastating storms, U.S. territories in the Caribbean are still evaluating the extent of the damage. As of publication, 36 percent of Puerto Rico does not have drinking water and less than 20 percent of the population has power. Every day this week, the death toll from Hurricane Maria has continued to rise.  

"It is our hope to be able to provide a temporary home to a group of students who have dealt with the challenges of Hurricane Maria and her aftermath," the statement read. "The city of New Orleans and Tulane hope to welcome you this spring to help you get your education back on track. New Orleans may not be your home, but we'll do our best to make your temporary shelter from the storm."

(H/T: The Hill)

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