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TTU K-12 to Offer Discounted Rates to Students Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Amanda Castro-Crist

September 6, 2017

Administrators within the university's independent school district said the 50 percent discount will be available to students the entire academic year.

TTU K-12

TTU K-12, formerly known as Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD), is offering 50 percent discounted program rates to students in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The storm devastated many communities along the Texas coast after making landfall Aug. 25 and dropping catastrophic amounts of rain over a four-day period.

"While the total damage and loss of life is still not finalized, authorities agree that it will take years for Texas to restore and rebuild due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,” said Justin R. Louder, associate vice provost of Worldwide eLearning. "This deadly storm impacted countless students, families and loved ones. TTU K-12 is committed to helping those affected by the storm however we can.”  

Jim Taliaferro, TTU K-12 superintendent, said those in areas and regions identified by FEMA as impacted by the storm will receive the discounted rate on all TTU K-12 fees and courses. The rate will be available the entire 2017-18 academic year.

"As with our current student population, we will also be providing all reasonable accommodations to students who may be without internet access or email,” Taliaferro said.

Since its inception in 1993, TTU K-12 has grown to serve more than 359,000 students from 63 countries. Students receive a comprehensive K-12 education with access to more than 150 different online and print courses. The well-rounded curriculum is written to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which have been determined by the Texas State Board of Education as the important standards of education for students to learn and apply throughout a course.

Accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), TTU K-12 offers two tracks for students – a full-time diploma program or an individual course supplemental program – for all grades K-12, along with credit by exams (CBEs), homeschool curriculum and bulk testing services for Texas public school systems.

Those eligible for the discounted rate can contact the TTU K-12 office to discuss their individual circumstances and determine how Texas Tech can best assist them with their academic needs.

"Our primary concern is always for the safety of our students and their families,” Taliaferro said. "We are here to assist and speak with them about their needs and concerns regarding their education during this difficult time.”

For more information about TTU K-12, visit the website.

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