2017 Advocacy Efforts

Alert for Colleges & Universities
Myanmar Students Fee Payments to Common Application

November 2, 2017- International ACAC is aware of the current issues that students from Myanmar are having paying their application fees through Common App and Flywire. The Government Relations Committee is addressing this issue with Common Application and receiving advice from EducationUSA.

Possible applicant solutions include:

  1. Use a VPN set to a country outside of Myanmar

  2. Select the Application Fee Waiver Option in Common Application. If the student is able and willing to pay the application fee then a counselor or the student can email the college directly informing them that the student will mail a bank draft after using the Application Fee Waiver as a quick fix to enable the submission.

We recommend that university members allow for increased flexibility with deadlines for students applying from Myanmar.  This may include issuing fee waivers, or allowing alternate payment methods for these students.

U.S. Immigration Ban

Listen Now to the Special Webinar held on Tuesday, April 25 (hosted by AACRAO) on International Recruitment and Marketing: Managing the Message in Challenging Times.

Recent executive orders and the new political climate in the US are creating a great deal of concern amongst students and families all over the globe. 77% of US institutions reported concerns about Fall 2017 enrollment. This webinar will share data on regional patterns of areas of concern as well as leading practices for international education professionals to address concerns and maximize yield.  This 'special edition' webinar was based on the recently released report: Trending Topics Survey: International Applicants for Fall 2017 - Institutional & Applicant Perceptions, an inter-associational collaboration between AACRAO, NACAC, NAFSA, IIE and International ACAC.

Official Statements

Click here to read NACAC's statement in response to U.S. President Trump's Executive Order of March 6, 2017.

Click here to read International ACAC's statement in response to U.S. President Trump's Executive Order of January 27, 2017.

Webinar: Member Forum

This webinar was an informal, online conversation about the implications of the recent Executive Order regarding travel and immigration to the United States. While any interested member was welcome to participate, we particularly encouraged those who were currently affected (counselors whose students who are named in the ban, and college representatives who enroll significant groups from those countries) to join us.

Webinar Recording 

Webinar Summary

Compiled by Alys Langdale, Marlborough College and Wilson Lee,Yongsan International School of Seoul.

Webinar Slides