College students in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria will be able to attend a semester of New York University for free, it was announced Thursday.
NYU will start accepting applications for the Hurricane Maria Assistance Program, which will waive tuition, along with housing, health insurance and meal plans for eligible students.
While the students won’t have to pay NYU’s tuition, which currently stands at $25,232 a semester, they will still be expected to pay the bill to their home colleges or universities.
Students, who must be proficient in English, are also required to be in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in Puerto Rico.
NYU, which accepted students affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is following in the footsteps of schools like Brown University, Cornell University and Tulane University after they rolled out similar programs.
Many local school across the country, including the State University of New York, will offer in-state tuition rates to students displaced by Hurricane Maria.
The U.S. territory is still struggling with the recovery effort nearly two months after the storm hit.
Students at the University of Puerto Rico have resumed classes after the school was shut down for a month due to extensive damage.
Portions of Puerto Rico were plunged back into darkness Thursday after a power line that had been managed by controversial contractor Whitefish Energy failed.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is also working to provide passenger flights to relocate about 3,000 Puerto Ricans still sleeping in emergency shelters to temporary housing on the U.S. mainland.
FEMA spokesman Ron Roth said the agency is trying to establish agreements with both Florida and New York to accept the displaced survivors.
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