Wash. Public Universities Offer Help For Students Affected by Slide

By Lisa Brooks

Both the University of Washington and Washington State University are prepared to deal with students who have been impacted by the Oso landslide.

Washington State University President Elson Floyd sent a letter to the mayor of Darrington, waiving tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. That applies to any WSU students from Oso or Darrington.

The University of Washington says it already has a program to assist students impacted by natural disasters. Norm Arkans is a spokesman at the University of Washington.

Arkans: "We have a longstanding program in place to help those students out to provide additional financial assistance, because obviously their circumstances changed. In the case of the Oso mudslide, many of those families lost everything."

Arkans says the U-W's financial assistance program, called "Husky Promise" was beefed up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Neither the UW or WSU had any specific numbers of the students who might be affected by these programs because the schools do not have firm numbers for the incoming class. But a WSU spokesman says the policy could affect as many as 100 students.

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