BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge announced its schools will now accept displaced students from dioceses affected by Hurricane Laura.
Those students can receive a Catholic school education at a discounted price in Baton Rouge. Rather than paying a registration fee, displaced families may only pay a smaller application processing fee. Annual tuition won’t be charged to those families, and monthly tuition costs will be set by each school, according to Deacon Dan Borne’ of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
Each Baton Rouge Catholic school has a different capacity that could affect how many students the schools can accept, but some schools can make room for displaced students while still adhering to social distancing guidelines, Borne’ wrote.
Schools may require incoming displaced students to quarantine and learn virtually for two weeks prior to being allowed to attend in-person classes.
Some families may be eligible to receive government tuition funding. Students who were attending a Catholic school in an affected area and benefited from the State of Louisiana Scholarship Program may be able to temporarily transfer their scholarship status with state approval, according to Borne’. Some families may also be able to receive FEMA funding to help cover the expenses of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Interested parents can fill out an application at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or they can call 1-800-621-3362 Monday through Sunday between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
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