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St. Thomas University Offers Free Room and Board to College Students Affected by Hurricanes

By October 3, 2017STU News

St. Thomas University is offering free room and board through the Spring of 2018 for college students in Puerto Rico and affected islands in the Caribbean who wish to continue their studies. The deadline for Fall 2017 semester applicants is Oct. 13.

“Our main objective is to provide affected college students continuity in their education,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, provost of St. Thomas University. “After the devastation they’ve been through, continuing their studies is one way to get back into the routine, and to feel a sense of normalcy.”

Students will receive free room and board on a first-come, first-serve basis upon continuing their studies at STU. A free meal plan compliments of Metz Culinary Management will be provided for students enrolled in the program, and books will be provided on the first day of class courtesy of Follet.

Displaced Puerto Rican student, Rosamari Palerm Nadal, recently arrived at STU to take advantage of continuing her studies uninterrupted.

“St. Thomas has made my transition so easy,” said Rosamari, a senior majoring in biology. “The professors are helping me catch up and understand the material they have already covered. Words can’t express how thankful I am for everything St. Thomas has done for me and the hard work its staff and faculty have put into seeing me succeed.” 

Alongside of the customary scholarships, STU is providing a 50 percent Disaster Relief Scholarships to help alleviate financial burdens through Spring 2018.

STU will also work with the leadership of its sister institutions in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to support in any way possible.

Interested students should call the Registrar’s Office at (305) 628-6612 or go to to apply.

Marlen Lebish

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