Students from Puerto Rico can get free semester at Cornell

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, debris scatters a destroyed community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. The Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash but rejects requests from the powerful Texas and Florida congressional delegations for additional money to rebuild after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The measure is sure to sail through a Monday, Oct. 23, procedural vote and a final vote is expected no later than Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University is offering a free semester of study for up to 58 students from Puerto Rico’s main public university system.

The University of Puerto Rico is operating at partial strength as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria.

Cornell President Martha Pollack says the offer of free tuition, room and board this spring is a way to help students and university officials in Puerto Rico during a difficult time.

Qualified students can take Cornell courses, earn credits, live with Cornell students and receive an official Cornell transcript.

Students from Puerto Rico will be responsible for transportation costs, books and living expenses such as laundry and off-campus meals.