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Date: September 7, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Hurricane-Displaced Students to Receive Tuition-Free Access to Montgomery College, as Part of Broader County Assistance Effort

Gulf Coast college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, who have relocated to Montgomery County, Md., will receive tuition-free access to Montgomery College, as part of a broader effort by Montgomery County to assist those impacted by the crisis.

“With events still taking shape day by day, Montgomery College will do its best to serve these students who have to come to our community, as a result of their displacement from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,” said Dr. Mary Kay Shartle-Galotto, Montgomery College executive vice president of student and academic services.  “As the community’s college, we open our doors to all who desire an education and in this case, to help support the college students impacted by this crisis.” 

Regular fall classes began on August 29, but Montgomery College has given displaced students until Friday, September 16, to apply for admission to these classes.  Another viable option for students is to enroll in Montgomery College’s late-starting classes, which begin as early as this weekend or as late as October.  If necessary, Montgomery College will add to its late-starting class schedule in order to provide educational opportunities to affected students.

To assist the impacted students with admissions and registration, the Deans of Student Development at Montgomery Colleges’ three campuses – at Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring – invite them to contact their offices directly.  The Deans’ offices will ensure that each student receives the help he or she needs with registration, assessment, financial aid, and ongoing counseling and advising.  The Student Development Office phone numbers are as follows:

• Rockville Campus - Dean of Student Development Office, 301-279-5052
• Germantown Campus - Dean of Student Development Office, 301-353-1993
• Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus - Dean of Student Development Office, 301-650-1469

Additionally, Montgomery College and the Montgomery College Foundation will seek to assist students with the cost of books, supplies, and other critical needs, through Board of Trustees’ Scholarships, Montgomery College Foundation Scholarships, and other donated funds.  Persons wishing to make a gift to support this effort are asked to contact the Montgomery College Foundation at 301-251-7491.  Gifts can also be made online by visiting

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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