Private Pa. College Offering Free Room And Board For Sandy Victims

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A private Pennsylvania college is offering New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy two years free room and board, joining the growing number of schools giving scholarships and other financial help to students impacted by the storm.

Harcum College, a two-year school located in Bryn Mawr, Pa., said it will cover the $8,600 annual room and board bill for an unlimited number of new applicants from Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union counties.

The offer is also available to applicants in seven storm impacted counties in New York and three counties in Delaware. Students are still responsible for paying the college’s $19,900-a-year tuition, though additional scholarships and financial aid are available to defray the costs, school officials said.

"We hope by offering these scholarships (we will) help those whose aspirations for higher education were set back or stopped by the storm," said Jon Jay DeTemple, Harcum’s president. "Harcum also sustained some significant structural damage during the storm, and we are mindful of the stress and heightened concern so many people in the region have about their futures as the rebuilding process begins."

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