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College students eligible for disaster assistance

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FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Hundreds of Fairfield University students were displaced from their off-campus housing because of Hurricane Sandy in October.

Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging them all to register for help before the deadline later this month.

Homes in Fairfield remain severely damaged from the storm and many were used as off-campus housing for university students. Fairfield University seniors are allowed to live down by the beach and when Sandy hit in October, 300 were displaced

"Just anything we left on the bottom floor, we had like three feet of sand in the first floor, so I pretty much lost everything down here," said Fairfield University senior Matt Deane.

Many of the students lost expensive items such as televisions, computers and furniture during the storm, but many also lost personal valuables as well.

FEMA, which has toured hard hit areas, is reminding students to register before the Dec. 31 deadline. They could get help paying for everything they lost including clothes and school supplies.

However, students told Eyewitness News that they had no idea that they could register.

"I know there are some students who will be taking them up on that so that's great," said Fairfield University senior Michael Lanigan.

Students can also get reimbursed for hotels or other costs from being displaced. But FEMA said they have to register before they can apply for the help.

Anyone that suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy does not need to visit a center and can just call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit its website.

Low-interest loans are available for small business owners and residents and can be turned around in seven to 10 days and the money could be in the people's hands within five days after that.

To date, more than $9 million in federal assistance has been approved for residents in our state.

Some students said they won't need the help because they planned for the worst.

"I left the house as if I would never see it again before the hurricane hit," Lanigan said.

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