SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser welcomed a vote by the state Board of Higher Education on Tuesday that allows students who were relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.
Following the vote, Senator Lesser released the following statement:
“Our state’s Board of Higher Education chose to do the right thing by our fellow Americans who fell victim to Hurricane Maria. Granting in-state tuition to students who relocated here from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria will help them continue their studies and contribute to our state.
“Over the months and years ahead, as these students lay roots here, potentially start families and businesses here, they will remember that Massachusetts welcomed them in their time of need. And we will be richer for their contributions to our culture and our communities.
“This decision makes me proud that Massachusetts is doing its part to help those who have been relocated from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is my hope that we will always be the port in the storm to our fellow citizens and will continue leading by example when Americans are in need.”