UW System Offers Tuition Waiver For Katrina Victims

Officials say students from Gulf Coast schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina will not have to pay fall tuition at Wisconsin public universities.

University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly announced the tuition waiver for the fall semester after lawmakers signed off on the plan.

The waiver applies to more than 200 students who have enrolled at the U-W System's 13 four-year universities and 13 two-year campuses.

Reilly says that the U-W campuses are helping as much as the can.

He also emphasizes that the policy will not affect enrollment, financial aid or support services for current U-W students.

Students who stay to complete their degree in Wisconsin will be charged for all U-W credits they earn.