November 06, 2017

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Catholic University of America will open its doors to undergraduate students currently enrolled in degree programs in colleges and universities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students who wish to continue their education without further disruption in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria will be eligible to enroll for the spring 2018 semester. Catholic University will waive tuition and standard student fees for up to 40 students who wish to enroll with visitor status.

Students who register for a minimum of three courses (nine credits) are also eligible for on-campus housing. Standard one-semester room-and-board charges will apply.

“Throughout the fall semester our University community has provided assistance to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and to our students with ties there,” said University President John Garvey. “Inspired by the example of Pope Francis and our bishops, we wanted to make a more significant impact by offering our support during the spring semester. We believe the best support we can provide is a welcoming community where impacted students can continue their academic pursuits.”

The University will accept students pursuing any program of study and will work to accommodate their individual course needs. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 15, 2017. A specially-designed orientation program will be provided at the start of the spring semester for those who enroll.

Interested applicants can contact Lynn Mayer, vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, at or 202-319-5220 or Marilina Matta in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 202-319-5305 or Information about the application process and related material can be found on Catholic University’s Admission website.

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