Hurricane Maria Assistance Program

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As Puerto Rico continues to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, NYU will allow, free of charge, qualified undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in accredited Puerto Rican colleges and universities to spend the Spring 2018 semester at NYU’s New York City campus.

Students who qualify for the program will receive tuition, room and board, and health insurance, and have the ability to take courses in any of NYU’s undergraduate schools/colleges. NYU will not collect any fees for the program, though accepted students will be expected to pay their regular spring tuition bill to their home college or university.

The Hurricane Maria Assistance Program application will be open through December 15, 2017, though offers of acceptance will be sent out on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Spring registration for any student accepted into the program begins on November 20, 2017, and will continue on a rolling basis. Spring classes will begin on Monday, January 22, 2018, and students will be able to check into their residence halls on Friday, January 19.


Eligible students must be enrolled as undergraduates, and be in good standing, at an accredited college or university in Puerto Rico. Students who took leave in the fall semester following Hurricane Maria are permitted to apply for the Hurricane Maria Assistance Program. NYU classes are conducted in English, and English proficiency is expected of all students.


NYU will cover the following costs for students admitted to the program:

  • Full time tuition (12-18 credits)
  • Housing in an NYU residence hall
  • Full meal plan at NYU’s dining halls
  • Enrollment in NYU’s Student Health Insurance plan

Students will be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from New York City, books and other course materials, and any other living expenses.

In an effort to ensure that this program does not negatively affect schools in Puerto Rico, students will be expected to pay their regular spring tuition to their home campus, and to show proof of that payment prior to the start of their studies at NYU. Please contact us at if you wish to discuss this requirement.

Please note that under U.S. federal tax laws, any portion of a scholarship that can be applied to qualified expenses such as tuition and fees required for enrollment at NYU, or for course related expenses, such as books, supplies, and equipment required for classes or enrollment will not be taxable. Non-qualified expenses such as room and 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 not required to report taxable scholarship or fellowship awards as income; as such the students will not be provided a 1099 by the University. The University will provide all participants in this program with a “tax implications” letter. As individual tax liability depends on each individual’s circumstances, you should contact a personal tax advisor with any questions or concerns.


Click here to fill out and submit the NYU Hurricane Maria Assistance Program application. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The application will remain open through December 15, 2017.

As part of the online application, students will be asked to attach their academic transcript. Documents may be uploaded directly to the application or e-mailed to We will accept both official and unofficial transcripts. 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.

All of our communications regarding your application will be sent via e-mail. Students should provide a valid e-mail address that is checked regularly.

Further Questions?

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