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International/Undocumented Student Emergency Fund

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
136 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 04, at 05:10 PM CDT
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International/Undocumented Student Emergency Fund

We are amazed and excited to announce that we have surpassed our initial $10k goal in just over two weeks’ time! Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen! When we set the initial goal of $10,000 we did so knowing that the financial need for these students is much greater. We have a new stretch goal of $25,000. Help us keep the momentum going! Please consider making a donation. If you’ve already donated, please share the campaign with others.

Tulane is home to over 1,400 international students, representing over 89 different countries, as well 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 workstudy, and they 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 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 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 to 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, and will help alleviate students’ financial burdens and help them continue their studies and persist towards graduation.

The International and Undocumented Student Emergency Fund will provide emergency assistance to a limited number of students per academic year. Funds will be used for items such as books, classes, health care, housing, self-care, transportation, 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.

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Every Dollar Counts

Every dollar helps to alleviate financial stress.



$25 could help with transportation or other basics needs.



When you're trying to make ends meet due to a sudden financial emergency, $50 to spend on essentials, such as groceries, can go a long way.



Student fees can really add up. $100 could help cover the cost of unexpected fees so students can focus on class instead of on interest piling up on their student account.



If you've had to buy books recently for a university class, you know how expensive they can be! When the cost of books is greater than a student's budget, this donation could help them remain focused on their academic success.


Work Authorization

If a student is eligible for a work authorization card, it costs almost $500 to apply...which can be difficult to pay if you don't have a job yet! This donation could help a student get on the path to greater financial security.


Medical Care

Most students budget the cost of tuition and living expenses, but the burden of healthcare costs can sometimes be above and beyond their financial resources. We all know how expensive medical care can be in the U.S., especially if you don't have insurance. $750 could help a student cover the cost of insurance and support their health and wellbeing.


Legal Needs

Legal needs can arise suddenly and be prohibitively expensive. A generous donation at this level could help ensure that students have access to legal counsel when the stakes are high and they have to choose between legal counsel and other basic expenses.