Through the IIE American Passport Project, IIE will make grants to U.S. colleges and universities in the IIENetwork starting in spring 2021, so they can help students who are eligible for Pell grants obtain a U.S. passport. Eligibility will be limited to first-year students to ensure that the students have ample time remaining in their college career and receive help from their advisors to map out a study abroad plan. In this first year, IIE will provide grants to up to 40 U.S.-based IIENetwork member universities and colleges to cover the costs of approximately 25 passports for Pell-eligible U.S. freshmen. 

It has long been part of IIE’s mission to increase participation and diversity in study abroad, so that all students can gain the academic and career benefits of international experience. The grant is intended to promote equity in study abroad and support IIENetwork members in their efforts to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education.

IIE will select a diverse group of U.S.-based IIENetwork member universities and colleges – including community colleges, HBCUs, MSIs, liberal arts colleges, and universities – with a demonstrated commitment to diversifying study abroad. Award recipients will be chosen by a competitive selection process, and selected institutions will submit nominated students for IIE’s review and approval. IIE will make grant payments to selected institutions that will be responsible for dispersing funds to students.