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GW Assistance for Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

September 7, 2005

The George Washington University is making classes available to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina on a space-available basis.  Students may register for classes (nondegree status) enabling them to earn academic credits for transfer to their home institution.  These students will be responsible for their own housing.

Assistance in registering for classes may be obtained from the Office of University Students at 202-994-1972 or  Instructions regarding enrolling at GW as a visiting student may be viewed at  The deadline for registering for Fall semester classes is September 16.  Late registration fees will be waived for students who are degree candidates at institutions affected by Hurricane Katrina. 

GW is deferring up to $15,000 in tuition for undergraduate students displaced by Hurricane Katrina who have already paid tuition to their home institutions for the Fall 2005 semester.  These students will be responsible for laboratory and other course fees.  Tuition will be due when these students receive a refund from their home institutions.  Assistance regarding federal and other forms of financial aid is available through GW's Office of Student Financial Assistance at 202-994-6620 or toll free at 1-800-222-6242.

Graduate students are advised to contact the appropriate GW department or program regarding course selection and availability.

GW Law School Students:

The George Washington University Law School will admit up to 20 students for the current fall semester from Tulane University and Loyola University Law Schools.  These students will be considered visiting students.

GW law students will play a major role in helping these visiting students. Student Bar Association President Eric Koester has sent an e-mail to the student body asking if any students are able to host a Tulane or Loyola student. Faculty, staff, and neighbors of the University have also offered room in their homes.

GW Medical Center Students:

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is participating in a nation-wide effort coordinated by the National Institutes of Health and the Association of American Medical Colleges to take care of the patients affected by Hurricane Katrina as well as to try to accommodate the students and residents from Tulane University and Louisiana State University medical schools.
The GW School of Public Health and Health Services will welcome public health students from Tulane and Louisiana State Universities and work out appropriate arrangements for public health studies and many students have volunteered to temporarily host displaced students. For further information, contact Jane Smith at 202-994-0248 or e-mail

The following relief efforts are also being made available through The George Washington University:

The George Washington University has initiated a hurricane relief effort under the jurisdiction of the Medical Center in coordination with the American Red Cross to raise funds and conduct other ameliorating activities to assist victims of Katrina.  For more information on this effort, please call the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs at 202-994-3727.

In an effort to enable more to contribute monetary donations to the American Red Cross, GW's Colonial Cash Program will provide students with a simple way to set aside some of their Colonial Cash for this effort. Effective immediately, students may use GW's Colonial Cash Program to donate funds to the relief efforts by visiting the GWorld Card Office at Room 501 in the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, and designating the American Red Cross as a recipient. Students may chose whatever amount they want to donate and all donations will be forwarded to the American Red Cross. The GWorld Card Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call 202-994-1795 or e-mail

In addition, the GW Medical Center Office of Community-Based Partnerships is coordinating a clothing, book, and school supply drive to send these supplies to the Houston, Texas, school district. This is where many children have been relocated from the disaster sites and where they will be attending school. Drop boxes can be found in the lobby of Ross Hall. For more information, call 202-994-7669 or e-mail

In addition, second-year medical school students are working with the Children's Health Project of DC. They are collecting items that will be transported by the Children's Health Project Mobile Unit to aid in the medical relief. Donations will be collected in the Ross Hall lobby through September 9. Items requested include: clothing, non-perishable food, medications (antibiotics, insulin, albuterol, etc.), medical equipment, blankets and bedding, batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, water, toilet paper, paper products, and radios. Items also can be dropped off at THEARC 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE; for more information you can call 202-436-3060 or e-mail the medical director at

For more information contact:
Matt Nehmer: (202) 994-6467;



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