University of the Pacific
Colleges and universities in the Central Valley are among those making room for some of the 100-thousand students displaced by Hurricane Katrina and it’s aftermath.
Harpreet Samra, a graduate of U-C Davis, was preparing to start work on her Master's degree in social work at Tulane University in New Orleans. But Hurricane Katrina sent the Modesto native back to California in search of a new school.
Classes had already started but CSU Stanislaus in Turlock made room for her.
"There was no hesitation when I called here. They automatically said 'ok, yeah' and I got a response really quickly."
Samara expects to return to Tulane next semester to continue her studies.
University of the Pacific has rolled out the welcome mat for seven displaced students and three more are under consideration.
Provost for Enrollment, Tom Rajala says Pacific is waiving tuition and housing fees.
"It would be very difficult for those students to do any financial aide process in time to get them here. And also we thought it was important that they probably had already paid those fees at their home institution."
Officials at CSU Stanislaus say they'll waive the out-of-state tuition fee for the handful of transfer students from the Gulf Coast.