New fund to support international students’ financial need


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Emerson’s downtown Boston campus.

By Maeve Lawler, Kasteel Well Bureau Chief

The Office of Student Success will offer an International Student Assistance Fund for the first time this semester, according to a campus-wide email sent Monday.

This fund will supplement the Student Assistance Fund, which was established in 2017 to provide financial assistance with “indirect costs of attendance”—such as books, transportation, and food, according to the student success website.

Made possible by the support of an unnamed “lead donor,” the fund seeks to support international students facing the financial challenges college enrollment may pose.

“Small grants will be made available to approved applicants in order to assist with purchasing course materials, transportation costs, meals, personal items, and more,” the email said. 

The Office of Student Success hopes to continue providing new means of long-term financial assistance. Steps to apply for the International Student Assistance Fund can be found on Emerson’s SFS Portal.