CWRU promises diversity, lacks equality
Issue date: 9/10/10 Section: News
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For instance, noncitizen undergraduates at CWRU do not receive financial aid as stipulated by the Office of International Student Services (ISS). This fact, while generally accepted by the international students, nonetheless contributes to an occasional sense of alienation, and it raises questions regarding scholarship eligibility.
"I mean, it's okay that we pay full tuition. But at least we need to have equal opportunities to get scholarships," said Wen Lei, a senior who served as an International Ambassador at the ISO this summer. Lei is realistic; she and others like her, lacking citizenship, understand they cannot receive federal aid toward their tuition.
"For financial aid, I have nothing to say because I'm not a citizen," Lei said. "You know, I don't pay taxes. But scholarships, at least, should be open to international students."
Because these students must pay full tuition, some believe that CWRU seeks to cultivate an international community on campus primarily for fiscal purposes. Whether or not this is true, no one can deny that students from abroad serve as an effective means to simultaneously raise funds and diversify the campus population.
"For most of the schools, that [money] is the main point to why they want international students," said Lei.