ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Cuomo announced that the state university of New York will offer in-state- tuition to students in the Bahamas displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

The in-state tuition will be offered for the 2019-2020 academic year. Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas on September 1, 2019 -and left thousands of people homeless and many dead or missing.

"In New York, we know all too well about the life-shattering damage a hurricane and other extreme weather can leave behind," Governor Cuomo said. "We will stand with our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean at this difficult time and send much more than thoughts and prayers to the Bahamas."

The SUNY board of trustees is also encouraging the board of trustees of its 30 community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred Ceramics to take similar action.

In a recent statement, the chair of SUNY board of trustees Dr. Merryl H. Tisch said, "All of us at SUNY were heartbroken with the devastation so many people suffered in the Bahamas following the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. We have a responsibility to help the people of Bahamas and stand with the governor's continued leadership to offer in state tuition to any individual impacted by the storm in the Bahamas."