Support For Urgent Needs
Attention International Students: Do not apply for and accept government public benefits! Accepting taxpayer-funded public benefits can jeopardize your legal status, future visa applications, change of status applications to another nonimmigrant status, adjustment of status to permanent resident and admission to the U.S. if it is determined that you could become a public burden. Public benefits that count towards the "public charge inadmissibility" rule broadly include any Federal, State, or local cash assistance for income maintenance, SNAP (commonly known as food stamps), certain government housing programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medicaid.
For more information, see ISSO's Guidelines for Maintaining Status
Resources for Immigrants and International Students