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For Immediate Release
September 2, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Brown, 317-274-7711

IUPUI Offering Free Tuition, Books to Students from Hurricane-Affected Universities

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will offer free tuition and books for a semester to as many as 40 Indianapolis-area students who were set to attend Louisiana colleges and universities hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Funds have been identified to provide $4,000 fall semester scholarships for up to 40 full-time students who have had their education interrupted due to the closing of universities in the areas affected by Katrina, officials announced today (Sept. 2).

"The University of New Orleans is one of the academic institutions that IUPUI has partnered with on urban university issues over the years," said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. "Although IUPUI is miles away from the disaster, the most significant way in which we can offer assistance is by helping students at UNO and other universities in the area stay on track with their college education."

For students who enroll as full-time students for the fall semester, the $4,000 scholarships will cover tuition, fees and most book expenses. The scholarship amount will be prorated for students who take less than the 12 credit hours required for classification as full-time students.

IUPUI officials announced earlier this week that Indianapolis-area students who attended any college or university in New Orleans during the 2004-05 school year, or who were to attend as freshmen this year, could enroll at IUPUI this fall semester as a visiting student. As of noon today, 16 families with students affected by the hurricane had inquired about admission.

The special provision for admission and financial aid will be available through Wednesday, Sept. 7. However since IUPUI classes began last week, some courses may be full, and open courses require an instructor's approval for enrollment. The university will waive late registration fees and the normal $50 application fee.

Anyone seeking admission under this option must provide proof of attendance as a student at a New Orleans university. Grade reports, tuition payment receipts, or, in the case of first-time freshman, letters of acceptance will be accepted as proof.

IUPUI admissions personnel are available to advise students of this and other opportunities for college enrollment this fall. Interested individuals should call (317) 274-0402.