Saint Leo Announces Assistance to College Students in Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service agents providing relief supplies, food, and water to people in Puerto Rico Throughout the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Saint Leo University has been active in supporting students to ensure both that they were safe and that their educations could continue uninterrupted. During Hurricane Irma, the university sheltered more than 600 students. In addition, with the support of generous donors, Saint Leo established an emergency scholarship fund for students who were in the path of the three storms—including those who study at University Campus, at 27 teaching locations, and online.

In that same spirit, Saint Leo University announced a special program for college students in Puerto Rico who have had their college education affected by the aftermath of the hurricanes.

Flooding in Puerto RicoFor the spring semester (beginning in January 2018), Saint Leo will provide these students with free room and board, as well as a discounted tuition rate of $8,500. While these students will be responsible for the cost of books, Saint Leo also will waive their student fees to further aid in their ability to continue their educations.  Federal financial aid and other private scholarships may be utilized to help pay the discounted tuition rate.

“At Saint Leo we live by six core values, one of which is community,” said Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., university president. “We are happy to extend this helping hand and extend our community to those who have had their college careers interrupted by this devastation.”

The program will be jointly managed through the Office of Admissions and the Office of Academic Affairs. The program will be offered to students currently enrolled in Puerto Rican colleges and universities. “Our hope is that those displaced will have an opportunity to continue their studies here at University Campus for a semester and be ready to return to their primary institutions still on track to graduate on time,” said Dr. Mary Spoto, acting vice president of Academic Affairs.

Students who enroll at Saint Leo for the spring 2018 semester under this special program may choose to continue their studies at Saint Leo for the 2018-2019 academic year, provided they exhibit satisfactory academic performance. Going forward, regular tuition, fees, and room and board will follow the traditional cost of attendance for full-time students. However, students may be eligible for financial aid and other institutional funding at that time.

For information, contact the Office of Admissions at or call (352) 588-8283 or (800) 334-5532.