It is a relief to get some of those costs waived, as it is difficult enough being a refugee to rebuild your life and to keep up with dily life expenses.
- ECE Aid recipient from Syria
Part of the success of ECE® Aid is dependent on our trusted participating organizations and institutions. Please read about a recent recipient from Syria that contacted one of our ECE® Aid participants, Refugees to College, to receive a fee waiver:
"I am a dentist from Syria. I recently moved to the U.S. (in 2017) through the refugee program. My goal is to practice dentistry here in the U.S., so I started to go through the licensing process, which required me to have my credentials evaluated by ECE. I found out that refugees can apply for a fee waiver, so I went through the ECE® Aid webpage and found a list of nonprofit organizations that would facilitate issuing this waiver. The organization I contacted was Refugees to College. They were very nice and very helpful. I explained to them my situation and they were very eager to provide assistance. They contacted ECE on my behalf and a week later asked me to submit my application where they had arranged with ECE for my fee to be waived. I'm grateful for ECE® Aid for introducing me to Refugees to College, as they are still assisting me with other aspects of the licensing process beyond the ECE® application. I have since then received my ECE® evaluation report, and I'm getting ready to take the board exam. Getting licensed to practice dentistry is a long process that will take me about three years and will require various applications and fees for different agencies. It is a relief to get some of those costs waived, as it is difficult enough being a refugee to rebuild your life and to keep up with daily expenses, let alone the added expense of licensing application fees."
You can learn more about our participating organizations and institutions at ECE® Aid participating institutions.