Cara Halstead, Office of Public Information
Pace University, 914-773-3312, Cell: 914-906-9680, email@example.com
PACE UNIVERSITY PROVIDING SPECIAL SUPPORT TO STUDENTS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
September 2, 2005 – In addition to funding, clothing, food and blood drives, Pace University is reaching out to help students displaced by Hurricane Katrina in the following ways:
• Emergency financial aid. For Gulf Coast students whose financial circumstances have suddenly changed, Pace University will expedite processing of revised financial aid awards.
• Rising gas prices. With help from its school of computing, Pace is trying to set up a computerized car-pool ride board to help students who commute by car share those increasing costs.
• Displaced Gulf Coast students. Pace University is admitting displaced students as visiting students until they decide on their academic future. The University is waiving application fees, making sure the students can apply whatever federal financial aid they are eligible for, and providing other help to make sure they can satisfy their financial aid needs.
(In the New York Metropolitan area of Pace’s campuses, most of the students who have called are local students who are blocked from traveling to Gulf Coast states.)
• Waiving no-show fees. University policies for canceling dorm reservations and registrations for no-show students will not apply until each student has been heard from.
• Outreach. A telephone/email team is reaching out to the Pace University students with addresses in affected areas to make sure they are OK.
A private university in the New York Metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.