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Brown becomes the latest school to offer help to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria

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    Brown University Enrolls Students From Puerto Rico Tuition Free
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    Brown University is enrolling up to 50 students from the University of Puerto Rico tuition-free following the destruction of Hurricane Maria.

    The Ivy League school in Providence will help the students find housing, as many still have no power or running water at their homes in Puerto Rico.

    Brown has already enrolled 15 students from the University of Puerto Rico.

     

    Brown welcomes displaced University of Puerto Rico students, faculty (πŸ”— in bio)β € β € In addition to formal efforts organized through the Leadership Alliance to bring scholars to campus, members of the Brown community are raising funds, housing visiting students and offering direct assistance to those affected by Hurricane Maria.β € β € πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ❀️ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ❀️ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ❀️ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ❀️ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡·β € β € Andrés Martínez-Muñiz waited out Hurricane Maria with his parents at their home in the city of Gurabo, Puerto Rico. More than a month after the powerful Category 4 storm decimated much of the island, his family’s house is still without working electricity, running water or internet service — as is most of the U.S. island territory. His school, the University of Puerto Rico, where nearly 60,000 students pursue their studies, remains shuttered.β € β € Last Tuesday, Martínez-Muñiz, an undergraduate chemistry major, boarded a plane from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island, where he’ll finish his fall semester studies at Brown — and remain through the spring semester if necessary — as one of up to 50 University of Puerto Rico (UPR) students Brown has committed to enrolling in the wake of Hurricane Maria.β € β € “Even as the Brown community is supporting relief agencies in providing food, water, medicine and other basic living essentials to the people of Puerto Rico, we also are contributing in ways that align with our core strengths of teaching and research,” Brown President Christina Paxson said.β € β € The desperate conditions in Puerto Rico caused by the devastation of Hurricane Maria have mobilized Brown as a higher education community to take action. β € β € “The hurricane — it is as bad as it sounds. There’s destruction everywhere, and people are still suffering the consequences,” said Martínez-Muñiz, who described chaotic, long lines to buy necessities at stores and said his family has resorted to collecting and purifying rainwater for drinking, cooking and bathing.β € β € β € Continue reading at news.brown.edu (πŸ”— in bio) #BrownUniversity

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    Several of the students told WJAR-TV they were thankful for Brown's offer, and said it was difficult leaving their families behind.

    Brown has stepped up after other natural disasters. The school welcomed students displaced in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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    As Puerto Rico deals with a lack of power, food and drinking water in the wake of Hurricane Maria, residents are also in dire need of another commodity: cold hard cash.

    And that means what little other resources are available often can't be purchased by those in need.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 29, 2017)

    Other mainland universities are also offering in-state tuition to students affected by Hurricane Maria, NPR reported

    State colleges in Florida offering in-state tuition include the University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida and Florida International University. Community Colleges in the state have also jumped onboard, including: Miami Dade College, Broward College, St. Petersburg College, Valencia College and Seminole State College.

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    Broward College in Miami and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa have also extended in-state tuition to students affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

    University of Florida is also giving 1,000 students access to online courses for the next two semesters at no charge.

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    President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, with first lady Melania Trump. Trump met with local victims of Hurricane Maria and praised the work of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017)

    In New Orleans, the University of Tulane announced it would offer one free semester for Puerto Rican students as a way of "paying it forward," after Tulane's students were taken in at other schools after Hurricane Katrina.

    Other schools offering tuition assistance are: 64 campuses of the State University of New York, 24 City University of New York institutions, 17 Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, and also the University of Arkansas.

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