Charles WatsonDec 21, 2017, 10:13 pmDec 22, 2017, 2:15 pm

NJIT offering free tuition to Hurricane Maria victims from Puerto Rico

University officials say the school will offer the opportunity to roughly 15 students from the island

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NEWARK — As efforts to assist Puerto Rico continue after Hurricane Maria devastated the island three months ago, the New Jersey Institute of Technology is stepping up, offering students who were affected by the storm the chance to study at the university for free.

"We will provide them with free tuition for the Spring 2018 semester," Director of University Admissions Steve Eck said. "They'll also be provided with a stipend, which will cover their housing on campus and free meal plan to help them through the spring."

The university will offer the opportunity to roughly 15 students from the island, but that number could increase depending on the volume of applicants. Those who are interested must meet NJIT's normal admission criteria and will be required to complete FAFSA to receive support upon admission.

The application process has already begun, and extends until Jan. 1.

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