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International/Undocumented Student Emergency Fund

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In early 2018, the Office of International Students and Scholars in collaboration with the Undocumented Student Support Committee (USSC) launched the International/Undocumented Student Emergency Fund. The fund was able to surpass the original goal of $10,000 and reached $15,363.  However, students are constantly in need of support and we hope to keep the donations coming in order to sustain the fund.

Tulane is home to over 1,400 international students representing over 89 different countries as well as a dacamented/undocumented student community. Funding is a scarce resource for international/undocumented/dacamented students because they are not eligible for federal or state aid, including work study, and are ineligible for most loans.

We have 24 students and scholars from four of the eight Travel Ban 3.0 countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, and Venezuela. Based on national averages, we estimate about 150 students at Tulane are dacamented (meaning they currently have DACA status) and undocumented. This population of students represents some of the best and brightest from around the world, and we are so lucky that they are a part of the Tulane community.

For dacamented/undocumented students, “living without legal immigration status brings higher levels of stress and constant financial insecurity [which] negatively affects undocumented youths’ morale, sense of wellness, beliefs about the future, and sense of hope.” (Kamal, F. & Killian, K.D. Refuge, [2017]. Invisible Lives and Hidden Realities of Undocumented Youth, Refuge, 31 (2), 65)

Many international/dacamented/undocumented students are excelling in their fields of study, contributing to research and innovation, and helping to make a better world for all of us. At the same time, they are facing great challenges and uncertainty in the current political climate. International students impacted by Travel Ban 3.0 have additional financial burdens, and new regulations potentially limiting work authorization opportunities for international students are in the works. Dacamented/undocumented students’ future outlooks are constantly in flux, and many are concerned that they could lose DACA coverage in the coming months.

Access to an emergency fund will help these students swiftly traverse financial challenges and lower their anxiety levels. Community support is integral to ensuring that these students are able to remain at Tulane. We ask for your assistance in securing a bright future for this student population. Every dollar counts. It will help alleviate students’ financial burdens and help them continue their studies and persist towards graduation.

The International and Undocumented Student Emergency Fund provides emergency assistance to a limited number of students per academic year. Funds are used for items such as books, classes, health care, housing, self-care, transportation, and legal needs. Any remaining funds will be used to respond to unforeseen financial hardships/emergencies for this population of students, such as parental job loss, currency devaluation, medical conditions, etc. Funds will generally be given as one time awards, and award decisions will be made based on the applicant’s individual situation. Amounts awarded are subject to availability of funds per year and the applicant may not receive the total amount requested.

Resources for Undocumented and Students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)