Colleges offer counseling, resources to students following invasion of Ukraine

Education leaders are also calling for federal policy updates to help Ukrainian students studying at U.S. colleges. The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a coalition of over 500 college leaders, encouraged its affiliates to advocate for changes like a TPS program and providing Special Student Relief for Ukrainians studying in the U.S.

Moves like those would give Ukrainian students who are studying in the U.S. breathing room during a tumultuous time, according to Jill Welch, senior policy advisor on international student and refugee learner issues at the Presidents’ Alliance.

“We have to use what tools are available within the context of existing immigration law in order to provide for these students,” said Welch. The protections would allow students to change their circumstances, such as dropping below a full course load or working more hours, and still maintain their immigration status.

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