Katrina Students Get Free Tuition

Free tuition at North Carolina public universities awaits college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The university system's Board of Governors voted Thursday to waive tuition and required fees this fall for students whose Gulf Coast colleges have closed since the hurricane struck. So far, 65 students most from Tulane University and the University of New Orleans have enrolled in the North Carolina
system's 16 universities. UNC officials estimate the waiver will cost the system about 400-thousand dollars. UNC President Molly Broad says the UNC campuses expect to accommodate about 100 students affected by the storm. Broad initially asked the board to offer a free semester only to North Carolina residents who were displaced. But board members opted to extend it to non-North Carolinians.