FAQs to understand a new pathway for refugee students through university sponsorship

Frequently Asked Questions The launch of the report on university sponsorship for refugee students is the beginning of an iterative process to build and implement an effective university sponsorship program that will evolve to meet the needs of students and the context. Below are a few of the most commonly asked questions about university sponsorship […]

How Will An University Sponsorship Program Be Funded?

How Will An University Sponsorship Program Be Funded? Costs for a potential university sponsorship program will include, but are not limited to, the Implementing Organization (I.O.) (staff, pre-departure activities and coordination, U.S. cohort coordination, training of U.S. HEIs, etc.), learning costs on campus (tuition, fees, room & board, books and supplies, etc.), and wraparound support […]

Who Will Be Implementing The University Sponsorship Program For Refugee Students?

Roles, Requirements, and Responsibilities A key feature of the proposed model for university sponsorship of refugee students is that an Implementing Organization (I.O.) would act as a bridge connecting refugee students overseas, higher education institutions (HEIs) in the U.S., and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The I.O. would link the various actors and ensure […]

Timeline for Refugee Students: From Application to Arrival on Campus

Process Overview The process for refugee student entry under a new “P4 category” would involve coordination between the implementing organization (I.O.), overseas partner organizations, the U.S. government and higher education institutions. From application to arrival on campus, the process would take about 22 months. This chart outlines the process for refugee students. The chart is part of […]

Report: The Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students

University Sponsorship of Refugee Students: Initiative on Increasing U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students The need for collective action to support refugee students could not be greater. Forced displacement has doubled in the past decade, and among the displaced are thousands of university-aged youth dreaming about continuing their education. While 39 percent of students are […]

Scholarship & Fellowship Directory for Undocumented Students

Updated: April 8, 2022 Undocumented students are eligible to qualify for a number of scholarship opportunities in the U.S. regardless of their immigration status. Funding for higher education is incredibly important for undocumented students, especially in states where undocumented students do not qualify for in-state tuition or state financial aid. Lack of access to financial […]

Guiding Principles for University Sponsorship of Refugee Students

Guiding Principles for University Sponsorship of Refugee Students The Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students developed the following guiding principles to inform and ground the design and implementation of any college or university sponsorship program for refugee students. 1. Student-Centered. University sponsorship should be student-centered and focus on refugee learners’ inherent strengths, placing students’ prior […]

How University Sponsorship of Refugee Students Could Work

How Refugee Students Can Access The New College And University Pathway The Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students created a proposed program model, How Refugee Students Can Access The New College And University Pathway, for colleges and universities to be able to directly sponsor refugee students.  The university sponsorship program would conduct intentional […]

FAQ on Experiential and Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

The purpose of this document, FAQ on Experiential and Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students, is to provide campuses and their legal counsel with information on developing nonemployment-based, funded experiential opportunities for undocumented students. This document sets forth legal considerations pertinent to experiential and funding opportunities that institutions may consider providing to undocumented students.  The following […]

Investing in Social Support Systems for Students Directly Affected by Immigration

Colleges and universities have opportunities to support undocumented students in many ways. A new guide published by Fwd.us in September 2021, Investing in Social Support Systems Will Enhance the Higher Ed Experience for Students Directly Affected by Immigration, identifies key ways for colleges and universities to support students directly affected by immigration through systems that […]