IIE Emergency Student Fund: Covid-19 Response
IIE has committed $1 million to aid international students caught in the crossfire of the coronavirus pandemic and seeks to raise an additional $1 million for this effort.
To halt the spread of the coronavirus, universities around the U.S. have shuttered residence halls and moved courses online. As reported in the New York Times, the necessary but abrupt campus closures are devastating for many international students. Some are unable to go home to be with their families—border closures and canceled flights make it impossible. Others made the difficult decision to remain in the U.S. anticipating they might not be able to return when their university reopens.
The bottom line: international students are stranded in the U.S., unable to meet basic living expenses. Their employment options are limited by law, and their eligibility for financial aid is even more limited. Their families may be unable to provide funds the students have been counting on. Some students may have fallen ill and need support while they recover.
IIE is stepping forward to meet this need. International students in the U.S. can turn to IIE for help by asking their on-campus advisors to nominate them for IIE’s emergency grant assistance.
To launch this effort immediately, IIE has allocated $1 million to cover approximately 300 emergency grants. We aim to raise another $1 million and double the number of students we can aid.
All gifts, of any amount, are needed and welcome. To support this effort, choose “COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund” on the gift form below. 100% of gifts to this fund will be used to assist international students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more details about the IIE Emergency Student Fund: Covid-19 Response, please visit the program website.