Hurricane Maria caused unprecedented destruction in Puerto Rico, with recovery estimated to take years. At campuses across CUNY, students, faculty and staff are working with community partners, offering recovery aid, disaster relief, volunteer support and financial contributions. As the University’s support efforts continue to expand, this site will be updated to identify new opportunities and resources.
The CUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution on October 23, 2017 authorizing the University to provide students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands impacted by hurricanes Maria and Irma to pay tuition at the in-state rate for academic year 2017-2018.
Letter from the Chancellor
Chancellor James B. Milliken sets out the University’s plan to support Puerto Rican relief efforts.
The University is committed to addressing disaster relief situations by raising awareness, implementing service projects and raising funds to assist people affected by natural disasters. The Student Affairs Office provides listings of Campus Relief Coordinators and counseling centers at each CUNY College.
Applying to CUNY
The CUNY Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution extending in-state tuition for residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been impacted by the hurricane, and wish to continue their education at CUNY. Read More
Centro has launched Rebuild Puerto Rico, an online information clearinghouse for the stateside Puerto Rican community and other allies to support disaster relief and recovery efforts.
Donations can be made through the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund.
The faculty-led CUNY Coalition for the Recovery of Puerto Rico has initiated a formal relief effort for scholars and their students in Puerto Rico who have been displaced from their work environments as a result of Hurricane Maria. The coalition is creating an inventory of available space and expertise across the University.
Offers a listing of organizations and initiatives offering disaster relief support for victims of Hurricane Maria and other recent natural disasters.
Campus Donation Centers
As part of the University’s relief effort, each campus has been instructed to designate a physical location whereby students, faculty and staff can donate needed goods and supplies. Once collected, these items are delivered to the following drop-off centers:
- Jacob K. Javits Center, Manhattan
- Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building, Brooklyn
- Jamaica Street Armory, Queens
- Roberto Clemente State Park, Bronx
Individuals who wish to donate funds can contribute to one of the charitable organizations listed with the Puerto Rico Relief & Rebuilding Fund at the New York Community Trust.
Campus Relief and Recovery Efforts
All CUNY campuses offer information and support services to help relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. For more information, see their websites or social media accounts.