Hurricane Maria Assistance FAQs

Q. Who is eligible to participate in this program?

Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled, and in good standing, at accredited colleges and universities in Puerto Rico.

Q. I took a leave of absence following Hurricane Maria. Do I qualify?

Yes, students who took leaves of absence following the storm still qualify, provided they are otherwise in good academic standing.

Q. My fall semester doesn't end until February 2018. What should I do?

We would encourage you to speak to your school's administration and faculty to see if they will permit you to complete your fall coursework remotely from New York, or if they can offer other alternatives, such as permitting you to complete your coursework upon your return to Puerto Rico.

Q. What is the cost of the program?

Though students are expected to pay their home institution’s tuition for the spring semester, NYU will provide tuition, room, board, and health insurance at no charge (either to the student or the home institution). Students will need to cover their costs for traveling to and from New York City, books and other course materials, and any other living expenses they incur.

Please note that under U.S. federal tax laws, any portion of a scholarship that is received for items other than tuition – in this case, room, board, and health insurance -- should be included in your U.S. federal taxable income for the year. Under US Internal Revenue Service regulations, NYU is required to provide all scholarship recipients with a “tax implications” letter, which all participants in this program will receive. As individual tax liability depends on each individual’s circumstances, you should contact a personal tax advisor with any questions or concerns.

Q. My spring semester bill won't be available until after the start of NYU's spring semester. How can I provide proof of payment?

If you are admitted to the program, and your school will not have issued spring bills prior to the start of your NYU studies in January, please note that in your application. Upon confirmation, we will allow you to delay providing your proof until the start of the spring semester at your home campus. Please note: NYU will not release transcripts from the Spring 2018 semester until this requirement has been met.

Q. How many students will be accepted into the program?

NYU is committed to admitting 50 students into the program, and will consider accepting additional students if space permits.

Q. If I submit a complete application, am I guaranteed admission into the NYU Hurricane Maria Assistance Program?

Unfortunately, no. There has been incredibly strong interest in the program since it's launch, and we regret that we will not be able to accept all who apply.

Q. What school will I be enrolled in?

Participating students will be enrolled as General Visiting Students, and able to take classes in any NYU undergraduate school/college, provided the class has seats available and the student meets course prerequisites. Students should consult with their home institution to ensure that credits received at NYU will be transferable.

Q. What is a General Visiting Student?

NYU’s General Visiting Students are non-degree-seeking students who will not be earning an NYU degree. As a non-degree seeking student, you will not be permitted to become a degree-seeking student at NYU without a new application and acceptance through our transfer admissions process. General Visiting Students are only admitted for a single semester.

Q. How do I apply?

Click here for the Hurricane Maria Assistance Program application.

Q. What if I can’t get my transcript from my school right now?

We understand that you may have difficulty securing official documents due to current conditions in Puerto Rico; please submit whatever documents you may have, whether it is an unofficial copy of your transcript or some other indication of your academic history.

Q. I’m a college freshman so I don’t have a college transcript. What should I do?

Please submit your high school transcript, along with proof of enrollment at a Puerto Rican college or university.

Q. Will my credits transfer to my home school following the spring semester?

This is up to your home institution, and we strongly encourage you to consult with your home school academic advisor and/or registrar prior to finalizing your NYU course registration.

Q. Can I take whatever classes I like?

NYU will do everything possible to accommodate participants’ course requests, provided there is space in those classes, and participants have taken the appropriate prerequisites (or their equivalents), but we cannot guarantee any particular course The list of Spring 2018 NYU courses is available online here. Students will receive further information about course selection and registration after acceptance into the program.

Q. I am an international student currently studying at an accredited college or university in Puerto Rico. Am I eligible for this program?

Yes, international students studying at an accredited Puerto Rican college or university are eligible. Students who are not US citizens are required to have an F-1 student visa and to meet NYU’s Proof of English Proficiency requirements as outlined here. Deadlines have been extended for students participating in this program. If you have any questions about transferring your F1 student visa to NYU, please email NYUSpring2018@nyu.edu.

Q. I’m a graduate student. Am I eligible?

This program is only for undergraduates. If you are a graduate student at a Puerto Rican college or university and are interested in pursuing your studies at NYU this spring, please email NYUSpring2018@nyu.edu, and we will follow-up with you to see if such an arrangement is feasible.

Q. Will there be an orientation?

Yes. Students will be a part of the Spring in New York program for all visiting undergraduates on campus during the spring semester. Information about Spring in New York for admitted students is online here, including pre-arrival instructions, a student handbook, and orientation details. Please note: Information on the Spring in New York website is for all general visiting students, and some information, such as bill payment, may not pertain to students enrolling through the program.

Q. What sort of health insurance will I receive?

Students will be enrolled in NYU’s basic student health insurance plan. You can learn more about NYU’s student health insurance plan here.

Q. I have friends or family in New York City. Am I permitted to live with them?

Yes, living in NYU housing is optional, and in fact, if you don’t require housing, you are potentially making space for another student to participate in the program.

Q. Do I have access to the fitness center?

Yes, you have access to the Palladium Athletic Facility, 404 Fitness, and the Brooklyn Athletic Facility. Please click here for more information.

Q. Can I participate in student clubs and activities?

Yes, for more information on NYU student clubs and activities please visit the Center for Student Life page here.

Q. What happens if I really enjoy my semester? Can I transfer to NYU to complete my studies?

Though we’re confident you will have a great semester, this program is not intended for those students who are ultimately interested in transferring to NYU. If you’re interested in transferring to NYU, please click here for more information.

Q. Who do I contact if I have other questions about this program?

Please email NYUSpring2018@nyu.edu.