EKU Offers Free Admission to Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
Those students displaced by the temporary closure of their colleges and universities due to Hurricane Katrina will not be charged tuition at Eastern.
Students who have already paid tuition at another affected institution can enroll at EKU free of charge this semester. The University will work with interested students to address housing, textbook and meal plan arrangements.
Those storm-affected students not yet enrolled at another institution will be assessed EKU’s in-state tuition rate, as well as for books, meals, housing and other personal items. These individuals will be eligible for consideration for financial aid and scholarships.
EKU also will coordinate on a case-by-case basis any short- or long-term transitions for faculty members at any Gulf Coast schools temporarily closed by Katrina.
A hotline has been established for those students interested in learning more about EKU: 859-622-6454, or toll-free at 1-800-465-9191. Information can also be accessed via the University’s web site at www.eku.edu.
“This is just one of many ways the University, as well as many of our faculty, staff and students, are reaching out to assist those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy,” said President Glasser. “We responded as quickly as possible after the disaster, but after further evaluation of the situation based on new information, we decided to alter our original plan.
“This is a very caring campus community,” Glasser continued, “and we will work closely with these students to meet their individual needs, help them continue their educational pursuits and return some sense of normalcy to their lives.”
Already, at least three undergraduate students and one graduate student displaced by the hurricane have enrolled at EKU.
Approximately 200 bed spaces are available in EKU campus housing.
The campus community is responding to the tragedy in many ways:
- A group from Model Laboratory School, which has enjoyed an exchange agreement with the Raceland, La., school district for the past 21 years, gathered and distributed supplies to assist that community.
- The EKU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee coordinated with the local Red Cross chapter to sponsor a donation collection at the Colonels’ season opener Saturday, Sept. 3, and raised $1,500 toward relief efforts.
- The EKU Middle School Association will collect funds through the “Beads for the Bayou” program with the Red Cross. Donations will be used primarily to support teachers and the rebuilding of schools in affected areas, as well as to support Red Cross efforts to help storm victims.
- ARAMARK Corp., which operates EKU’s dining services, will set up a program that will allow meal plan students to donate a meal in the name of disaster relief.
- Contributions obtained through the University’s annual “Sleepout for the Homeless” will go toward hurricane relief efforts.
- The First-Year Experience Community Service Floor, the Floor of Promise, University Housing and the College of Education are partnering to conduct a children’s book drive and will work with the Office of Volunteerism to conduct after-school activities for any persons displaced to the London-Corbin area.
- EKU’s Division of Media Resources is working with the local Red Cross chapter to produce a television program on local hurricane relief efforts.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina,” Glasser said.