Relief for Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria relief

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.

Trustees resolution

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.

Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico collage, Hurriance Maria

University-Wide Resources

For Students

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

Impacted students who wish to apply to CUNY can complete an application at consistent with their status (freshman/transfer). Application fee-waivers are available for students on a case-by-case basis upon request by emailing After submission, applicants should send required and supporting documents to complete the process.

In cases where required documents cannot be obtained due to the hurricane, applicants can email with their Application Control Number (W#) to request exemptions to certain requirements.


CUNY Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro)

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.

For Faculty

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.

University Faculty Senate

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.

For students who may wish to apply to CUNY or have questions about taking courses, please visit Apply.

For volunteer opportunities, visit Rebuild Puerto Rico.

For more information, questions or updates about relief efforts, contact