Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state’s public universities and colleges will refund tuition for students who were forced to withdraw because of Superstorm Sandy, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
The SUNY Board of Trustees said it is instructing campus presidents to refund tuition and waive liability for students who withdraw from the fall or spring semesters due to hardships as a result of the storm.
“SUNY students whose studies were disrupted by Hurricane Sandy need not worry about getting their money back and can instead focus their energy on their families and rebuilding,” Cuomo said in a statement.
SUNY regulations require students to withdraw before a term’s midpoint to receive a refund on tuition. Since the storm hit after the fall semester midpoint, SUNY modified the regulation.
“As our campuses join with local communities and continue to contribute to relief efforts in several areas of New York, it is only fitting that we offer SUNY students what we can to provide some financial relief as well,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in a statement.