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Ashley HartOct 5, 2017, 10:18 am

Gov. Cuomo: Give in-state tuition to hurricane-impacted college students

Price would be cut down to nearly half the cost for those attending SUNY and CUNY schools

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PURCHASE — Hurricanes Maria and Irma left many homes in ruins and many left to rebuild. The storms washed away almost everything for many families, but one thing it can't wash away is their education. That's why Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on SUNY and CUNY boards to allow students to continue their education and attend the public colleges at in-state tuition.

The in-state tuition price would cut down nearly half the cost. Tuition at CUNY for in-state students is around $6,300 annually, compared to around $17,000 for out-of-state students, while At SUNY, in-state tuition is around $6,600 a year while out-of-state tuition is estimated at $16,000.

In a statement Gov. Cuomo outlined how important it is to help others. The statement reads:

“When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best, and we will continue to lend a hand to our friends, family and neighbors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on the long road to recovery."

Cuomo also noted in the statement that there are more than 1.1 million Puerto Ricans living in New York, more than any other area outside the island.

A spokesperson at CUNY said it will offer assistance, while a SUNY Spokesperson said they will be meeting Friday to discuss the matter.

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