Nepali Student Scholarship Cancellations

International ACAC Statement on Nepali Students Scholarship Cancellations


Miracles after May 1st: A Call to Action to Support 61 Displaced Nepali Students

On April 13, 2018, a U.S. university informed 61 students in Nepal that their full scholarships (including tuition, room and board, etc) had been revoked. In a statement last week, the university noted that due to extraordinary demand and budget constraints, that they were no longer able to fulfill the scholarship these students had been granted months earlier. Affected Nepali students, families, and schools were devastated. Many of the students had paid scholarship confirmation fees, I-20 fees, and housing deposits. Students had taken a gap year in order to apply to the U.S., had turned down other offers, or simply stopped applying to schools, as they already had a full ride. They now had nowhere to go.
This situation is unprecedented and the timing could not be more challenging, as May 1st marks the end of the admission cycle for most U.S. universities.  However, over the past two weeks, the International ACAC community has rallied around the Nepali students:

  • High school and independent counselors are mobilizing to provide pro-bono 1-on-1 support to the students
  • High school and independent counselors have identified universities around the world that would admit these students and which would be affordable to the students (for most, $6,000 USD is the maximum amount they can afford)
  • Higher education institutions have extended admission and scholarship opportunities to impacted Nepali students 
A few of these 61 Nepali students -- who had lost confidence in the college admission process over the past month -- now have new admission and scholarship offers that will allow them matriculate to universities around the world.  In short, the efforts by the International ACAC community over the past few weeks have literally been life-changing for the Nepali students. Please view this webinar to better understand the crisis on the ground, and to explore ways of helping these students.
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