Assisting International Students in the COVID-19 Crisis

Emergency Student Fund COVID Response

IIE Emergency Student Fund: Covid-19 Response

In the summer of 2020, IIE committed over $2 million to aid international students caught in the crossfire of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has been devastating for many international students. When campuses closed in the spring, some students were unable to go home due to border closures. Others made the difficult decision to remain in the U.S. anticipating they might not be able to return when universities reopened this Fall.

Many found themselves struggling to cover the costs of food, shelter, and medical care. In the Spring, their campus jobs were cancelled, and other employment options are limited by law. For many students, their families were unable to provide funds they were counting on.

With the Emergency Student Fund, IIE worked to help these students during this difficult time. In 2020 to date, we have made over 870 emergency grants to students in need of basic living expenses. These students represented 129 home countries and 328 United States universities. This funding was made possible in thanks to the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation, the Duolingo English Test, and many other friends of IIE.

IIE is there to help students whenever natural disasters, war, or other crises put their education in jeopardy. Private contributions make this possible. We could not do it without you. Please make a gift to help IIE prepare for the next crisis, so we can help more students when they need us most. All gifts, of any amount, are welcome.

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