Friday, September 2, 2005

Washington College Offers Fall 2005 Semester Enrollment without Charge to College Students Affected by Katrina

Eight Spots Available to Students Displaced by the Hurricane

Chestertown, MD, September 2, 2005 — Washington College has announced that it will offer enrollment at no charge to students displaced from their colleges or universities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The College will pay 100 percent of the tuition, room and board for up to eight students for the Fall 2005 semester while their home institutions recover from the effects of the hurricane, College President Baird Tipson said Friday.

"Many college campuses have been devastated by this storm, and will face months-if not years-of disruption," said Tipson. "We are a small college of liberal arts and sciences, but we can do our part to help students facing the prospect of putting their educations on hold. I hope that emergency enrollment programs such as ours and those offered by other institutions will help relieve the stress and the worry that students and their families are now feeling."

To be eligible for the program, a student must be currently enrolled full-time at one of the colleges or universities in the disaster area, be in good academic standing and have paid tuition, room and board fees at their home institutions for the Fall 2005 semester. Enrollments will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis through Friday September 9. Offer of enrollment applies to students seeking visitor status for one semester.

Interested students and families can call the Washington College Office of Admissions at 410-778-7700 for more information and assistance.

Washington College is a private, independent liberal arts and sciences college located in historic Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, it was the first college chartered in the new nation.

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