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Mainland colleges help Puerto Rican students, vexing island

Last Updated Feb 10, 2018 at 9:57 am PDT

In this Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 photo Brown University students from Puerto Rico, Jessica Ortiz, of Gurabo, seated left, receives a hug from Mariana Ramos Ortiz, of Cabo Rojo, top left, as Fabiola Guasp, of San Juan, center, speaks with Coral Murphy, of Manati, right, and Katerina Ramos Jordan, of Trajillo Alto, top right, following dinner in a cafeteria on the school's campus, in Providence, R.I. Dozens of mainland U.S. colleges are offering tuition discounts to help Puerto Rican students continue their studies while the island recovers from Hurricane Maria. Brown University is among more than a dozen schools that have brought Puerto Rican students to study on campus for free in the wake of September's hurricane. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Some US universities are helping Puerto Rican students affected by Hurricane Maria continue studying

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (NEWS 1130) – Dozens of mainland U.S. universities are helping Puerto Rican students continue their studies while the island recovers from last September’s Hurricane Maria, but islanders worry they’ll stay away too long.

Brown University is among more than a dozen schools where Puerto Rican students are studying for free. Others include New York University and Tulane University. Many more are offering reduced tuition rates typically granted to in-state residents.

It’s modeled after similar work to help students displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

But some professors in Puerto Rico worry the offers will permanently draw some of the island’s best students to the U.S. mainland.

Some students who have come to the mainland vow to return home after this semester, but some hope to keep studying here.