Twelve years following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, when universities and colleges around the country embraced Tulane students displaced by the storm, Tulane has announced that it will offer a tuition-free semester for students from universities and colleges in Puerto Rico. The program, offered for the spring 2018 semester, is also open to students in other areas affected by recent storms in the USVI and St. Maarten/St. Martin. Tulane is requesting that students pay tuition at their current school to aid schools in the recovery process. For more information visit the Tulane University Admissions Blog.

The deadline to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses and residents affected by the August 2016 flooding in Louisiana is October 13, 2016 (with the deadline for business physical disaster loans now extended to November 14, 2016). Businesses and private nonprofits may be eligible to borrow up to $2 million for real estate, inventory, and business asset replacement or repair. Homeowners may be eligible to borrow up to $200,000 for real estate replacement or repair, and up to $40,000 for damaged or destroyed personal property.

The SBA is offering the following type of disaster loans:

Economic injury disaster loans through the SBA have a current deadline of May 15, 2017.

Read more on flood recovery assistance for businesses at the Louisiana Economic Development website.

For more information about the SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit, or call the SBA’s disaster customer service center at 1-800-659-2955.

Deadline approaching: Friday, October 7, 2016, is the last day for Baton Rouge homeowners to apply for private property debris removal related to the August flood. The Associated Press reports the program allows for debris collection to go beyond curbside and into yards, with a signed right of entry agreement from a homeowner. Renters need their landlord to complete the application. The program is only available in the city of Baton Rouge and unincorporated parts of East Baton Rouge Parish. The cities of Baker, Central and Zachary are overseeing their own debris removal efforts. The city-parish government says more than 1,150 homeowners have submitted right of entry agreements for the private property debris removal.