Performance Expectations (Student Contract)
Acceptance to The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women and continuation in the program are subject to The IEAW Student Contract. Students are required to meet all performance expectations of the Student Contract. Failure to adhere to the terms of The IEAW Student Contract may lead to separation from the program.
Section A – Program Policies
1. Home Residency Requirement
To help fulfill the mission of the IEAW, participants are required to return home to Afghanistan upon completion of their educational program. Marriage to a US citizen does not exempt the participant from this requirement and obligation.
2. F-1 Visa Contingency
Participation in the IEAW program is contingent upon the participant’s ability to receive and maintain an F-1 visa status. The participant is expected to uphold the standards and regulations of an F-1 visa holder.
3. Academic Standards
Students are expected to maintain a minimum course load of fifteen (15) credit hours each semester, and students must not fall below a course load that does not comply with the standards of the F-1 visa requirements.
Students must not exceed a course load heavier than what is allowed within the outlined scholarship. In most cases, this course load is eighteen (18) hours. This limit can be verified with the participant’s respective college.
Students are expected to complete their degree requirements in no more than eight (8) semesters unless otherwise agreed upon prior to entry into the program.
In order to remain in good academic standing with the IEAW, students will maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students are also expected to remain in good academic standing according to the requirements of their college or university. If the student falls out of good academic standing requirements by either the IEAW or their college or university, they will be placed on probation as is outlined by their host college or university.
4. Medical Exam Requirements
Participants are required to have medical, dental, and eye exams in Afghanistan prior to entry into the program, and they are required to have these exams each summer upon return to Afghanistan. Students will submit proof of these exams through completion of the IEAW medical, dental, and eye exam forms. All necessary medical and dental treatments must be completed in Afghanistan prior to entry into the United States. If participants are prescribed eyeglasses, the participant will bring two (2) pairs with her to her college or university.
Participants are required to have all immunizations that are required for their college entry prior to entering the United States. Failure to complete immunizations could prevent participants from beginning classes. Participants must present proof of immunizations as outlined on the medical forms.
Section B – Financial Provisions
1. Personal Bills and Personal Spending Money
Each student should bring with her a minimum of $1,000.00 US from home when returning for each fall semester.
Participants are required to pay for all personal bills that they incur including cell phone bills, long-distance bills, credit cards, transportation not required by the program, etc. Unpaid bills can result in a bad credit reporting that could impact the participant’s visa status.
2. Visa/Passport Expenses
Participants are responsible for all fees related to obtaining their visas and passports.
3. Income Tax Returns
Participants are responsible for all fees associated with filing an income tax return. Filing an income tax return is a mandated requirement of the United States Federal Government. Tax returns must be prepared in a timely fashion (with internal deadlines of March 15th) and a copy must be submitted to the IEAW offices by March 15th.
4. End-of-year Expenses
All students must pay for year-end expenses such as missing linens, keys, late fees incurred through actions on their part so that they and the IEAW remain in good standing at each school.
Section C- Reporting Requirements
1. Full Contact Information
Participants are required to provide the IEAW with complete contact information as requested within seven (7) days of entry into the United States, and participants are required to notify the IEAW immediately upon any changes in the contact information.
At the end of each semester, participants are required to submit final grades for the semester to the IEAW within five (5) days of grades being posted by the college or university. Additionally, at the end of each academic year, students are required to have a complete transcript mailed to the IEAW from the registrar’s office.
3. Access to Student Accounts, Passwords to Student Information.
Each student will provide the access information/passwords to all of their school accounts (financial and academic) to the IEAW Staff, so that the Staff may have the ability to fact check on the status of each student.
4. Health – Privacy Disclosures
Each student will sign a HIPPA form assigning IEAW staff members to act as a personal representative while that particular student is in the United States. This allows IEAW staff to consult with students and their physicians on any health decision made on the student’s behalf, and in the students’ best interest.
5. Immigration Documentation
Participants are required to submit a photocopy of their passport, visa, I94, and all three (3) pages of their I20 to the IEAW within seven (7) days of entry into the United States.
6. Engagement or Marital Status
Participants are required to inform the IEAW immediately if they become engaged while participating in the program. The participant is required to disclose her marital or engagement status prior to admission into the program.
7. Residency of Family
It is the policy of the IEAW that the participant’s family must reside in Afghanistan at the time of entry into the IEAW program, and the participant acknowledges that her family is living in Afghanistan at the time of entry. The participant has a duty to inform the IEAW of any change in residency of her family at any time during her participation in the IEAW program.
Each participant will provide the IEAW with up-to-date contact information for her immediate family.
If any one of the participant’s family members moves to the United States or enters the United States for longer than a brief visit, the student is required to inform the IEAW immediately.
8. Duty to Inform
Participants are required to inform the IEAW immediately in writing of the following:
- When travel away from campus for more than 48 hours is planned or occurs. Full contact information including name, address, phone number, and email address of the person who the student will be staying with must be provided prior to making the trip.
- If student becomes sick, or if student has an accident.
- If there are any changes in residency or address.
- If student has any academic difficulties.
- If student becomes engaged.
- If student foresees any reason why she would not be able to continue in the program.
- If student is experiencing any social or family issues.
- If student’s family contact information and/or address changes.