NY gives in-state tuition to students impacted by hurricanes
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York will give in-state tuition rates to students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were displaced by recent hurricanes.
The State University of New York Board of Trustees approved the initiative on Friday at the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.
SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall says the state's higher education system has a responsibility to help those students whose ability to get an education was put at risk by the storms.
Governor Cuomo addressed the decision while in Rochester Friday.
"You have people in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who literally the school has been washed out," Cuomo said. "We said if they come to NY we'll waive the one year residency requirement so we'll consider them residents and get them in state tuition."
New York authorized in-state tuition for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Rates vary between the state's public colleges and universities, but the typical in-state student can save roughly $10,000 a year.