In this third year of the program, IIE awarded 48 institutions in the IIE Network for this opportunity, which will help up to 1,200 Pell-eligible, U.S. students obtain their U.S. passports and start their study abroad journey. 'A passport is the first thing that opens up their world to the possibility of study abroad,' said Courtney Temple, IIE Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.
As a key initiative under IIE's newly launched Center for Access and Equity, the IIE American Passport Project represents IIE's commitment to create access to international education opportunities and enable equity. For this program, IIE is removing an initial financial barrier for many - the cost of a U.S. passport; thereby, helping to increase diversity and inclusion of students studying abroad. Through the IIE American Passport Project, IIE aims to empower 10,000 U.S. students with their passports by the end of this decade.
The UCIE is in the process of creating an application system for students interested. For more information, please visit the US Passport Services webpage.