DuPage Colleges Accepting Displaced Students Some Schools Allow Those Who Paid Tuition at Other Colleges to Attend for Free

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DuPage Colleges Accepting Displaced Students Some Schools Allow Those Who Paid Tuition at Other Colleges to Attend for Free


Wamble, Michael, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Michael Wamble Daily Herald Staff Writer

The beauty and exotic appeal of New Orleans helped convince Benet Academy graduate Katie Case she should attend Tulane University.

Her desire to see her pregnant sister in Naperville brought her back home just days before the wrath of Hurricane Katrina swamped her adopted city.

Case said that when she was in the hospital after her sister gave birth, "The nurse told me I should name her Special K because she got me out of Katrina's way."

Case, 22, is a fifth-year senior double majoring in marketing and management. With the devastation in New Orleans, she said she has been fortunate to be able to start her fall semester at Benedictine University in Lisle.

Case, who graduated from Benet in 2001, is one of two students displaced by Hurricane Katrina already enrolled in classes at Benedictine.

Another displaced Tulane student, Meredith Ray of Wheaton, has enrolled at North Central College in Naperville and will begin classes Monday.

And many more are on their way, Benedictine and North Central officials said.

Case enrolled at Benedictine in response to an offer by university President William Carroll to accept students from schools in Katrina's path.

Benedictine is asking displaced students to pay their tuition, which will be forwarded to their home colleges to help pay salaries for employees who find themselves without jobs. …

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