Earlier this summer, IIE’s Emergency Student Fund (IIE-ESF) provided over 630 grants to aid international students impacted by COVID-19 – and we are currently in the process of making a new round of awards.

When universities closed their campuses in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it was devastating for international students. Many were unable to go home, and their families have been unable to provide funds they were counting on. Their jobs on campus were cancelled, and their other employment options are limited by law. And international students are ineligible for most financial aid, including that provided by the CARES Act.

IIE initially committed $2 million to aid these students. Recent grants from The Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation, the Duolingo English Test, and the Mellon Foundation, and gifts from many friends of IIE, will enable us to help even more students with a new round of grants, underway right now.

Since 2010, IIE-ESF has awarded more than 1,650 emergency grants to international college students in the U.S. When natural disasters, war, or other crises threaten their education, many face financial pressure to return home or drop out. IIE helps these students cover essential needs, including basic living expenses. Private contributions make this possible. With your help, IIE will be ready to help students during the next crisis.