Mercy College offers new home for displaced College of New Rochelle studentsPosted: Updated:
Just days after announcing the College of New Rochelle will likely close this year, officials announced they may have another way for students to continue their education in Westchester.
Over 3,000 students are set to be without a school after the College of New Rochelle announced it may close after the upcoming summer session, citing a financial crisis.
But the presidents of the College of New Rochelle and Mercy College have announced an agreement that will allow students to complete their degrees at Mercy beginning in the fall. This decision is pending board approval.
"Students have a lot on their minds. There's a lot they have to focus on so we wanted to try and create an arrangement where they weren't being shuffled here and there," says College of New Rochelle President Bill Latimer.
CNR has been dealing with a crisis since it came out a few years ago that the school owed millions in payroll taxes.
Despite tuition rates at the College of New Rochelle being nearly double the cost of Mercy College, both presidents say the transition will be smooth.
Iona College is also asking CNR students to choose their campus after the school closes. But CNR and Mercy's presidents say their transition is a better fit.