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October 18, 2017

Help offered to island students affected by Maria

FGCU invites college students enrolled in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to apply to attend classes on its Fort Myers campus while their home schools and communities recover from Hurricane Maria’s devastation.

Starting with the spring 2018 semester, which begins Jan. 8, FGCU will waive out-of-state tuition rates for up to three semesters for eligible undergraduate and graduate students from the affected islands.  Students will pay the same tuition rate as Florida residents. Additional financial assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis.

“These are challenging times for millions of people striving to get back on their feet after their communities were shattered,” said FGCU President Mike Martin.  “With educational institutions unable to operate as usual, those trying to better their lives through learning could easily have their dreams derailed.  As partners in higher education, we believe it’s our duty to provide this avenue in the hope that it helps students stay on the path to success while their communities heal.”

To ensure a smooth transition to FGCU and back to the home institutions, official transcripts are preferred.  However, FGCU admissions staff will work with individuals and consider alternate documentation.

Students should contact the appropriate office as soon as possible for assistance through the application and enrollment process: for Undergraduate Admissions, R. Marc LavioletteDirector of Admissions, by email at [email protected] or phone 239-590-7891; for Graduate Studies, Francisco Marquez, Director of Graduate Studies, at [email protected] or 239-590-7908.