The federal government provided additional funding to universities to support their students through the CARES Act fund. However, the Department of Education limited who can receive those funds to only those who have filled out a FAFSA, barring international and undocumented students from applying and receiving this aid. The RUC Define American student organization would like to provide financial support to our international, undocumented and DACAmented students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
All donations will create an emergency fund specifically for students ineligible for the CARES Act funds. International, undocumented and DACAmented students have and currently are facing hardships during the pandemic, including loss of wages, reduced hours at their employment, loss of housing, limited access to the internet, inability to pay for the upcoming fall 2020 semester, etc. Through an application process, the “Undocumented and International Students Emergency Fund” will be dispersed to students to use for any financial emergencies as a result of COVID-19 and/or help them prepare for the upcoming semester.
As of now, there is not an emergency fund specifically for these students during the pandemic. This is why we need support from family, friends and the entire Rutgers community to lend a helping hand to students who are an integral part of Rutgers University. Your generous donation will provide equal access and opportunity for all students of all backgrounds, specifically going towards emergency financial assistance to those who do not qualify for federal aid.