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SUNY Stands with Puerto Rico

Tuition for Students Displaced by Hurricanes Maria and Irma

SUNY is working with its state-operated campuses to ensure all displaced students receive the in-state tuition rate. The SUNY Board of Trustees has also encouraged the boards of trustees of its community colleges and statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred Ceramics to take similar action, and many have.

You can view a copy of the resolution adopted by the SUNY Board for full details

For more information, please contact our Recruitment Response Center:

Phone: 518.320.1888
Toll-Free: 800.342.3811
Email: askSUNY@suny.edu

The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma continues to be felt more than a year after landfall. With an official death toll of nearly 3,000, the storm brought unprecedented damage to the island’s infrastructure, agriculture and economy, ensuring the recovery will be a years-long process. The State University of New York (SUNY) will be a partner throughout.

Examples of the response from The State University of New York (SUNY) were immediate and impactful:  

In the year since landfall, from efforts led by individual campuses, SUNY System Administration, and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative, SUNY is engaging with partners throughout the island to contribute to the long-term recovery and resiliency.

Students walk on roof during rapris in Puerto Rico
Student volunteers pose for a picture after repair work in Puerto Rico.
Dirt covered students take a break from repair work in Puerto Rico.

Student Volunteer Programs

From May through August 2018, SUNY had more than seven hundred SUNY students engaged in recovery and relief work through two major through two major volunteer initiatives. SUNY is proud to work with Governor Cuomo on his New York Stands with Puerto Rico opportunity for students to receive academic credit and two-week volunteering experience.

Additional details about the student volunteering program are available online.


SUNY Maritime College volunteering project with University at Albany and SUNY ESF

May 2018

New York Stands with Puerto Rico summer volunteering program

Summer 2018


The SUNY Puerto Rico Task Force

Anticipating a desire from SUNY schools to help, SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson established the SUNY Puerto Rico Task Force (SUNY PRTF) in October 2017 to assist coordinating and communicating relief initiatves. The task force is co-chaired by SUNY Maritime President Michael A. Alfultis and University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez, each with a strong institutional interest in working long-term with Puerto Rico.

The SUNY PRTF will channel the significant expertise, service and generosity of the broad SUNY community to meet the needs of a Puerto Rican community, informed by and in partnership with Puerto Rican education, governmental and non-governmental entities.


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