Disaster Help

Food Aid

MDC is providing assistance and support to Puerto Rican students currently enrolled at the college. In addition, MDC will assist college students from Puerto Rico displaced by the earthquakes.

In-State Tuition Available for Puerto Rican Residents

MDC is helping displaced college students from Puerto Rico by offering them in-state tuition. After the devastation caused by recent earthquakes, access to in-state tuition will ease the burden for Puerto Rican families during their recovery.

View our in-state costs

Associate Programs, College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.), Advanced Technical Certificate (A.T.C.), Developmental Education and Educator Preparatory
Financials Amount
Tuition $82.78
Student Services $8.28
Financial Aid $4.14
Capital Improvement $15.88
Technology $4.14
Parking $3.00
Total Cost Per Credit $118.22
Cost per Term (12 credits) $1,418.64
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Financials Amount
Tuition $91.79
Student Services $9.18
Financial Aid $4.59
Capital Improvement $16.74
Technology $4.59
Parking $3.00
Total Cost Per Credit $129.89
Cost per Term (12 credits) $1,558.68
Career Technical Certificate (C.T.E./V.C.C.)
Financials Amount
Tuition $73.40
Student Services $0.00
Financial Aid $7.34
Capital Improvement $3.67
Technology $3.67
Parking $3.00
Total Cost Per Credit $91.08
Cost per Term (12 credits) $1,092.96

Applying is Easy

  1. Students should complete the online admissions application and select the campus they wish to attend.
  2. Visit the Advisement and Career Services Office to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.
  3. Visit the Admissions and Records Office to submit the Disaster Displacement In-State Tuition Form and documentation to obtain the in-state tuition waiver.
  4. Pay tuition and fees. Contact the Admissions and Records Office for a courtesy payment extension to pay the outstanding balance.  

Students and/or parents must provide state or government documents demonstrating Puerto Rican residency. Form and supporting documentation can be provided in person or sent via email to the Admissions and Records Office.

Documents accepted

  • voter's registration card
  • driver’s license
  • identification card
  • vehicle registration
  • college ID

Transcript requirements will be extended for a period of six months.

Students who are/were financial aid recipients should contact the campus Financial Aid Office for assistance.

Still Have Questions? View our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions.

Want to Send Donations to Puerto Rico?

Many organizations are asking for donations for Puerto Rico, here’s how you can help:

World Central Kitchen’s “Chef Relief Team” has kitchens set up all over Puerto Rico serving those looking for a warm meal, from the mountains of Yauco to Guayanilla.

Created in 2017 by celebrity chef José Andrés, the nonprofit distributed 3.7 million meals in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Those looking to help donate or learn more about World Central Kitchen can visit their website at www.wck.org. You can also learn how to join its volunteer corps or Puerto Rico relief team at www.wck.org/volunteer.

Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has offered support to healthcare providers across the island. They are also sending an Emergency Health Kit with over 200 essential medical items.

The aid organization is active across the U.S. and in more than 80 countries.

You can donate to them here.

The American Red Cross is in Puerto Rico, helping people in need. Red Cross disaster workers are giving emotional support to people in areas hit by multiple tremors.

Workers are also helping support government-run shelters and distributing emergency supplies.

The Red Cross says people who want to help can make a donation to support Puerto Rico Disaster Relief. You can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-733-2767 or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

OneBlood, a nonprofit blood center, announced it will be sending blood to Puerto Rico. The organization has done similar drives in the past to the island during Hurricanes Maria and Irma and during the Zika virus spread, the blood center said.

The blood center is encouraging people to donate blood so they have a ready supply locally to assist those in need.

To find a donor center or Big Red Bus near you, visit www.oneblood.org.

Water Mission has been on the ground helping the people of Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. The group is currently monitoring the aftermath of deadly earthquakes.
Water Mission works to build safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to countries in need.
The safe water systems they’ve implemented in Puerto Rico have not been impacted. However, the earthquakes have left many without power in the area. They are working with local water authorities to keep water flowing, the group said.

Donate to the Water Mission.

Mercy Corps has a team in Puerto Rico, which has been there since Hurricane Maria. They distribute solar lanterns, equipped with USB chargers, and emergency cash to affected families.

The team is also supporting local community centers, helping turn them into “resilience hubs” with solar panels, community gardens, emergency kits and disaster preparedness training, Mercy Corps said.

Donate to Mercy Corps to help with their humanitarian mission in Puerto Rico.