Press Release

Hurricane Katrina Assistance

Colleges and universities across the nation have generously reached out to assist the tens of thousands of Gulf Coast students who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina, welcoming students and facilitating their transfer by waiving fees and providing tuition assistance. IIE is attempting to complement this university effort by offering a supplemental assistance program for international students whose lives and study plans have been severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. We are able to assist East and Southeast Asian students through repayments made to the ASIA-HELP loan program and have expanded Lumina Foundation-EAS (with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education) to help Indian and Sri Lankan students in the US who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. We have also raised private funds to support urgent cases from other world regions, who would also be nominated by their host campuses. For more information, please contact: The deadline for submitting nominations for Indian and Sri Lankan students and other world regions is October 7, 2005.

IIE would also like to thank Northern Michigan University, California State University - East Bay, Chatham College, The University of Pennsylvania, Richmond - the American International University in London, and all the other campuses who contacted us to offer their help.

Many campuses and higher education associations have created websites with resources and discussion boards to help share information on the types of help available. Some of these are:

American Council on Education
The American Council on Education (ACE) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) help connect institutions that need assistance with institutions that can provide assistance through the new online resource

This website contains useful information on regulatory matters and other updates.

Center for Global Education at Loyola Marymount University
This site includes links to universities and study abroad programs (U.S. and international) that are providing special support for college and university students affected by the hurricane.

Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle has set up a special page for announcements from colleges affected by the hurricane, and from associations and government agencies.

Freeman-EAS: Hurricane Katrina
Emergency Assistance for Students from East and Southeast Asia
With support from the Freeman Foundation, IIE is pleased to announce the Freeman-EAS: Hurricane Katrina Program to assist undergraduate and graduate students from East and Southeast Asia in the US who have been directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. Freeman-EAS: Hurricane Katrina will provide emergency funds to help students replace items lost in the hurricane such as books, educational equipment and necessity items or with relocation expenses to a new campus. Awards of up to $2,000 are available to students from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

This funding is designed to supplement the major effort made by universities and colleges around the country to support international students affected by the Hurricane. To be considered for funding, International Student Advisers on campuses hosting affected students must complete a short nomination form and return it to IIE. The nomination form can be requested by email at and then submitted electronically to the same email address. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis as quickly as possible. Nominated students may assist in the completion of their application, but nomination forms must be submitted to IIE by an International Student Adviser or similar university official.

IIE has raised funds to support urgent cases from other world regions, who would also be nominated by their host campuses. For more information, please contact:

For more information about Freeman-EAS: Hurricane Katrina, including eligibility guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions, please go to the program website at:
Donations to Help International Students
Donations are welcome to help support students from other areas of the world. If you would like to contribute funds, please contact:


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