Students Take State up on Offer of Help

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Quite a few Kansas college students affected by spring and summer storms are taking the state up on an offer to help.

The Kansas Board of Regents announced Thursday that the state’s six universities have assisted 592 students this semester. All were impacted by floods and tornadoes that swept through the state.

The Board said in June that the schools would offer students from the 43 Kansas counties declared eligible for individual federal assistance the option to defer tuition and fee payments past the traditional due dates. Late penalities were waived and individual deferred payment plans were set up for affected students.

“Providing payment flexibility options for these students so that
they could attend to immediate community and family concerns was an
important priority following this past summer’s natural disasters,”
Board of Regents Chairperson Christine Downey-Schmidt said in a statment. “The Board commends the state universities for responding to these students’ unique and individual circumstances and we commend the affected students for their commitment to their families, their communities, and their education.”

An April enrollment survey conducted by the Board showed that, in 2006, a total of 21,004 students were from the 43 storm and flood-affected counties eligible.

Number of Students Assisted by University

Emporia State University 9
Fort Hays State University 0
Kansas State University 180
Pittsburg State University 211
University of Kansas 37
Wichita State University 155

TOTAL: 592

Counties Eligible:
Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Wilson, Woodson, Barton, Clay, Cloud,
Comanche, Dickinson, Edwards, Ellsworth, Kiowa, Leavenworth, Lyon,
McPherson, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Saline, Shawnee, Smith, and Stafford

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