UVA Aids Katrina Affected Students

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

August 31, 2005

The widespread devastation of Katrina is being felt all over the country, including right here in Charlottesville. Late today UVA announced steps to help student victims of Katrina. The University is opening its doors to any Virginia resident enrolled in schools affected by Katrina. Administrators believe it is there small way of helping the area get back on its feet.

"If the University of Virginia could reach out and help any of these students who live here in the state and help them not lose any time academically then we should try and do that," said spokesperson Carol Wood.

Thousands of students across the Gulf Coast are without a school home because of Katrina. The University of Virginia is chipping in to try to help those students get back to some sense of normalcy.

"The dean will work with them and make sure that they are academically compatible and try and get them in as early as tomorrow or Friday," Wood said.

UVA is accepting these students on a visiting, non-degree student status. That will allow them the ability to continue their education without losing time. The school is also prepared to house up to 100 students in open housing on the grounds. The program is in response to Virginia students and parents looking for an alternative for this upcoming semester.

"As of this morning, we have got about thirty calls from families around the state, some of them local, wanting to know if their sons or daughters could come to the University for the semester," Wood said.

To be eligible for this program, you must bring proof of registration from a college or University affected by Katrina. Interested students should contact the office of Undergraduate Admissions at 434-982-3200. You must call by 4 p.m. on Friday.

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