Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Sat, July 11, 2020

LSSC offers in-state tuition to Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria

Lake-Sumter State College will offer in-state tuition for the upcoming semester to students displaced from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, according to college officials.

“Our community came together in tremendous ways to support one another after Hurricane Irma,” Dr. Stanley Sidor, president of Lake-Sumter State College, stated in a press release. “In that same way, we are proud to offer support to students displaced from Puerto Rico so that they may continue their education without incurring additional financial burdens.”

The press release also noted the college supports Governor Rick Scott’s commitment to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. In a Sept. 26 letter, Gov. Scott encouraged Florida universities and state colleges to “allow any student who has been displaced from their home in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria to be eligible for in-state tuition.”

Annual in-state tuition is approximately $3,100 at LSSC, an approximate $10,000 difference from the out-of-state cost.

LSSC continues to assist students impacted by Hurricane Irma. Through the Emergency Dean initiative, the College has assisted nearly a dozen students who were severely impacted by damages from Irma.

Students can visit or call the Admissions & Records Office at (352) 787-3747 for additional information on this program.

Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 7,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers certificate and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through a DirectConnect partnership with the University of Central Florida, students graduating with an Associate in Arts are guaranteed admission to the UCF. Learn more about LSSC at