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The need to find creative ways to provide funding to international students is on the rise as institutions increase their recruitment and diversity goals. While the majority of students rely on family support to pay the full tuition price, many students often encounter financial circumstances beyond their control and need extra support to continue their studies. By creating a plan, institutions can retain and support students through times of economic adversity.

Presenters Aline Orfali and Abe Schafermeyer discuss how their institutions provide funding for international students, ranging from scholarships to tuition remission strategies and innovative work study programs. Orfali and Schafermeyer describe the programs that exist on their campuses, clarify alternative ways to support and retain students, and share ideas on how to gain institutional buy-in for assisting students who encounter unforeseen economic situations.


Following this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explore creative ways to provide funding for international students
  • Develop strategies for supporting and retaining students during a financial crisis
  • Gain institutional support by partnering with campus leaders
  • Implement ideas and tips from a resource list of actionable items


Aline OrfaliAline Orfali
Marymount University

Aline A. Orfali is the director of international student services at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She has been active in the field of international education since 1988 and has been a frequent presenter at both regional and national conferences. Orfali has served on several professional committees through NAFSA, including the Embassy Dialogue Committee as well as the leadership team for both NAFSA’s 50th and 60th Annual Conferences in Washington, DC.

Orfali holds an MA in community counseling with a concentration in cross-cultural counseling from The George Washington University, and she studied abroad for a year at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. Orfali has also traveled extensively around the world. Her international travels have included visits to Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Spain, England, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories.

Abe SchafermeyerAbe Schafermeyer
University of Oregon

Abe Schafermeyer has worked in the office of international affairs at the University of Oregon since 2002, serving for the last two years as the director of international student and scholar services (ISSS). During this time, he has worked extensively to improve ISSS to include advocacy for additional financial resources for international students. Originally from New Hampshire, Schafermeyer received his MEd in student affairs from Western Washington University. He has lived in Chile and Colombia and has travelled throughout Latin America, Europe, and Oceania.