|September 2, 2005
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In an effort to assist college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, California State University, Bakersfield along with the entire CSU system, will admit students from the Gulf Coast area colleges, as well as California students who had planned to attend a college in that region this fall.
“We want to help facilitate this process for students whose lives have been impacted by this disaster,” said CSUB President Horace Mitchell in a news conference today.
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed also wants to make sure these students receive assistance as soon as possible. "The California State University wants to make sure that the educational goals of students are not interrupted by this devastating hurricane," said Reed. "We will do what we can, as fast as we can, to help out these students and their families."
To assist these students, the California State University is implementing the following actions effectively immediately.
Students from the Gulf Areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, even those who lack proper academic documents, may be admitted conditionally for Fall 2005. Their enrollment status for subsequent terms will depend upon the as-yet-unknown ability of schools, colleges, and universities in the Gulf region to provide transcripts and other documentation.
Seven CSU campuses currently have some spaces available in their fall classes.
- Dominguez Hills
- East Bay
- Los Angeles
Enrollment by Katrina-affected students at the other 16 CSU campuses will be at the option of those campuses on a case-by-case basis. Many of them will be able to accept students because of the emergency situation.
The CSU will temporarily suspend its policies regarding (1) the requirement to document completion of A-G requirements for first-time freshmen and transfer students; and (2) waive the normal English and mathematics placement test requirements for students impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Admission priority for Katrina affected students will be in the following
- California residents who had previously planned to attend institutions
in the Gulf regions of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
- Students from the hurricane-affected areas previously offered CSU
admission for the Fall 2005 term.
- Former CSU students enrolled or planning to enroll Fall 2005 at a
Katrina-affected college or university.
- Students who can document Fall 2005 admission to or recent attendance at
any regionally accredited college in the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Students who are residents of the Katrina-affected areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama will be exempt from payment of non-resident tuition. They will still be billed for the CSU State University Fee, all campus fees, housing fees (if residing on campus), and other appropriate fees required of enrolled students. However, CSU campuses will provide flexible deferred payment plans and account receivables as appropriate.
Campuses providing access to students from the Katrina-affected areas of the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama will either provide on-campus housing or assist the student in securing housing off-campus.
CSU personnel and others in Washington, D.C. are exploring the possibility of special conditions on the federal financial aid regulations for students unable to attend college in the Gulf States. The CSU’s Federal Relations Office has contacted the U.S. Department of Education and appropriate House and Senate Committee staff about disbursal of federal financial aid. In the meantime, CSU campuses will prepare to establish account receivables for financial aid recipients to whom financial aid disbursements may not be made until the student is officially admitted.
Students interested in attending a CSU campus should call CSUB’s Admissions and Records Office at (661) 654-2147 or the CSU Chancellor's Office, Academic Affairs, 562-951-4727.