Schools across the country are opening their doors to college students from the New Orleans area, whose education has been disrupted by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, including those from Tulane University which has canceled its fall semester.
The American Council of Education estimates 100,000 students have been affected by the disaster and said the students will have opportunities to attend other schools.
"For a student who's interested in doing this, all they need to do is pick up a phone and call the school they're interested in attending," said Terry Hartle, vice president of ACE. "Schools are bending over backward for this. If there's a space available and the student is academically qualified, the schools are basically accepting the students."
Hartle said his organization is currently setting up a "Craigslist-type Web site" that will allow displaced students to find schools.
Most schools are waiving tuition fees or offering reduced rates, but not all are including room and board.
The Association of American Universities -- a group of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada -- is working specifically to help Tulane University, a member institution located in New Orleans.
"We did reach out to our membership to ask them what they can do to help on a temporary basis for students who don't think they are going to be able to study at Tulane right now," said Barry Toiv, an association spokesman. "The assumption is whatever the solutions are, they would remain Tulane students."
Tulane president, Scott Cowen, said at least nine of the leading higher education associations are making these kinds of arrangements.
The following is a partial list of schools that are accepting qualified students affected by the hurricane. Both Toiv and Hartle said the list is constantly growing and students should check with individual schools and their Web sites for more information and instructions about the expedited application process.
• Bates College: Accepting students from Maine at no charge
• Boston University: Accepting students at no charge
• Columbia University: Has already accepted Tulane students and is offering to take in others
• Dartmouth College: Temporary admission
• Emory University: Working to accommodate Tulane public health graduate students
• George Washington University: Accepting students
• Georgetown University: Willing to adjust to individual circumstances
• Johns Hopkins University: Expects to accept Tulane students
• Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich.: Accepting students for the fall semester at no charge
• Loyola College, Maryland: Accepting students with priority given to those attending Jesuit institutions Loyola University New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana
• Nassau Community College, Long Island, N.Y.: Accepting 17 students
• New York University: Accepting a limited number of students
• Penn State University: The 14 schools that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education are accepting residents at no charge who attend the affected schools
• Rice University: Has agreed to take all Houston-area Tulane students free of charge for the semester
• Syracuse University: Accepting 12 students. They will receive free tuition, room and board
• Southern Methodist University: Will work with students from the north Texas area