Today, Mark Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) submitted a proposal to the Finance & Infrastructure Committee of the Board of Regents that would allow students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands impacted by Hurricane Maria to continue their studies at CSCU. Beginning as soon as possible, displaced full-time and part-time students from the University of Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands can attend one of the four CSCU universities or twelve community colleges, paying in-state tuition rates, until their schools are able to function appropriately. In addition to paying in-state tuition rates, displaced students will receive additional support services to assist with the transition.
“Hurricane Maria has affected the lives of so many of our students and staff at CSCU. Everyone is working extremely hard to help their family and friends in the Caribbean through this crisis,” said President Ojakian. “As a public higher education institution, we don’t want to witness students having their education indefinitely interrupted through no fault of their own. This is an extremely difficult moment and as the state and country coalesce to offer help, we want to do our part to support our extended community while they repair and rebuild.”
Board of Regents Chairman, Matt Fleury added: “Many of us are moved by the crisis in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and we are seeking the best ways to help. Things are moving quickly and so must we. So this proposal is intended to help facilitate a response as needs become clearer regarding educational continuity for the hurricane victims. The committee will doubtless offer valuable advice on this matter and we look forward to their recommendations.”
The proposal will be discussed during the Finance Committee on Wednesday, October 11. If passed, a resolution will go before the full Board of Regents for a vote on October 19. Further details on the proposal can be found here: https://www.ct.edu/images/uploads/Finance_-_Agenda_-_10-11-2017.pdf
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