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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2005

Contact: Eric Gerber
713.743.8189 (office)
713.617.7130 (pager)

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DISPLACED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
CAN ENROLL AT ALL UH SYSTEM INSTITUTIONS

Students enrolled at universities unable to open because of Hurricane Katrina are being accepted at all four University of Houston System (UHS) institutions.

“In order to accommodate students from universities affected by Hurricane Katrina, we are opening our classrooms and our campuses,” said Donald Foss, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UHS. “Such a disaster should not interrupt the studies or the lives of students, so we are doing all that we can to help others move forward.”

The Texas Coordinating Board of Higher Education today approved the UH System program making many of these students eligible for in-state tuition rates. UH is waiving the application fee and hopes to waive other internal fees. Limited housing accommodations at UH are available.

The UH System consists of four universities: UH, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria.

Those wishing to enroll at UH should visit the Admissions Office in Ezekiel Cullen Building, Room 129. Parking can be arranged at the Visitor Information Center at Entrance 1 (near University Drive at Calhoun Road). Hours are from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, and Friday, Sept. 2. Extended hours are available Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Regular business hours will be observed after the Labor Day holiday. Students will be directed to the appropriate offices (housing, financial aid, advising,) as appropriate.

To expedite the process, students should bring these documents from their home institutions, if available: student identification card; class schedule; letter of acceptance; student aid report from Financial Aid; and official or unofficial transcripts.

If applicable, students seeking financial aid should add UH to their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. This can be done by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov and entering UH’s code 003652 as an institution to receive their FAFSA application.

For additional information about enrolling at UH or at the other three UH System universities, call 713-743-2255 or visit www.uh.edu/newsroom/katrina.

For more information about UH visit the university’s ‘Newsroom’ at www.uh.edu/admin/media/newsroom.