Cuomo calling on SUNY, CUNY schools to aid Puerto Rican students

ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement on Wednesday, calling for SUNY and CUNY schools to provide in-state tuition to Puerto Rican and U.S. Virgin Island college students who were displaced by hurricanes Maria and Irma. 

Cuomo says allowing these students to attend a SUNY or CUNY school at an in-state rate will "alleviate a huge burden for these families as they try to repair and rebuild their lives."

"The Puerto Rican community is one of the most vibrant communities in New York, with over 1.1 million Puerto Ricans calling the Empire State home. At the same time, more U.S. Virgin Islanders list their place of birth as New York than any other state in the nation. In the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, New Yorkers stepped up for our brothers and sisters in need, and we remain committed to providing any assistance necessary to help those impacted by the devastation build back stronger and more resilient than ever before," Cuomo said. 

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