Proposals by financial institutions and Gov. George Pataki of New York intend to provide scholarships and loan extensions to those directly affected.
Work on both proposals began immediately after the tragedy when President Bush designated all five boroughs of New York City eligible for national disaster assistance.
Residents of the five boroughs who attend school in the city automatically qualify for college loan deferments and extensions.
As part of the first proposal, loan institutions have been informed by the U.S. Department of Education to grant extensions through Jan. 1, 2002.
Residents attending school outside the New York City boroughs can apply for the deferment through their loan institutions.
Both groups of students who want to defer their payments past their deadlines must apply directly to their loan institutions.
A press release from U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige stated that the deferment would ease financial burdens on affected students.
"We have pledged to help meet the needs of New Yorkers and other victims of the terrorist attack," he said.
Three main programs will administer this loan relief -- Federal Family Education Loans, the Federal Perkins Loan Program and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan.