Rollins Announces Assistance to Puerto Rican and Caribbean College Students

As so many displaced students and their families are piecing their lives back together after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Rollins is extending a helping hand.

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We’re happy to announce that Rollins will be assisting Puerto Rican and Caribbean students affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in continuing their collegiate studies with a discounted transfer program for the Spring semester. 

This program is being extended to degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled in Puerto Rican and Caribbean colleges and universities with the goal that those displaced will have a chance to continue their studies in a safe and thriving environment before returning to their primary institutions. Eligible, admitted students will be charged a flat fee of $8,500 for the Spring 2018 semester only. This fee will cover tuition, room and board. Additional charges may apply for books and other supplies.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Puerto Rican and Caribbean students,” says President Grant Cornwell. “Our mission dictates that we educate our students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, and what better time to act on that mission than when we can offer assistance to our neighbors suffering from a natural disaster.”

Students enrolled at Rollins for the spring 2018 semester under this program may continue their studies at Rollins for the 2018-2019 semester with satisfactory academic performance. The 2018-2019 rate will reset to the traditional cost of attendance for full-time College of Liberal Arts students, and students may be eligible for financial aid at that time.

The College’s goal in introducing this program is to provide continuity for students affected by recent natural catastrophic storms. Students will be required to complete an application and submit official college transcripts. If students have earned less than 30 credit hours in college, official high school transcripts will also be required. If access to official documentation is temporarily unavailable, Rollins will make preliminary admission decisions based on unofficial transcripts.

As Puerto Rico and the Caribbean recover, the College will assist by streamlining its processes and providing consideration to those students affected by the recent hurricanes. The College’s Community Engagement staff and students are already making plans to reach out and welcome these students into the Rollins community.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Lindsay Clark at or call 407-646-2161. The application for admission can be found here.