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SUNY Erie approves tuition relief for hurricane victims from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—SUNY Erie Community College and its Board of Trustees have joined its SUNY leadership to pass a resolution to offer resident county tuition to displaced hurricane victims from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year. The measure was agreed upon before the conclusion of the College’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting at City Campus on October 26.

But in addition to this measure meant to aid students intent on continuing their education, SUNY Erie elected to go even further than its SUNY partners and fellow Western New York community colleges. Students affected by the devastation exacted by hurricanes Maria and Irma will also receive resident county tuition rates for the 2018-19 academic year to afford these students the option to start, continue or complete their academic program and degree while enrolled at the three-campus College.

“It is our mission to be responsive to the needs of our student population. Extending this tuition measure through an additional academic year reinforces our support of these affected students and their families,” said SUNY Erie President Dan Hocoy, Ph.D. “As an academic beacon for Western New York, this measure is in line with our role as the region’s leading community college.”

On October 6, 2017, the SUNY Board of Trustees authorized its state-operated colleges and universities to offer in-state tuition for the 2017-18 academic year to students displaced by recent hurricane devastation. The SUNY Board encouraged leadership of its 30 community colleges to take similar action, which led to SUNY Erie and its Board of Trustees—who sets the tuition rates for each academic year—to pursue the agreed-upon resolution.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.