For more detailed information regarding our application process, information and documents required for application, and terms and conditions of the mentioned agreements, please contact us at info@agfaf.org.

FAQs

How many colleges will I be allowed to apply to within the AGFAF program?
Applicants are expected to work cooperatively with AGFAF as school admission and required funding is sought. AGFAF has developed a number of high level relationships with colleges, universities and secondary schools. We use these to try and secure placements and support. This approach most often means a focus on one school, not many. While different than the "standard college application practice" it is what AGFAF has found works best and students are expected to cooperate with this approach. 

Can I apply to AGFAF if I am already in school in the US?
Students already enrolled in US schools, who lose funding through no fault of their own, may apply to AGFAF for financial assistance. In such cases, AGFAF requires that detailed accounting of the amount lost, the amount needed and confirmation of the loss be submitted before an application can be processed.

What if I don’t intend to return to Afghanistan following completion of my education?
If you do not intend to return to Afghanistan or uncertain about your return, you should not apply to AGFAF for support. AGFAF is not an organization through which to seek or accomplish emigration. 

What if I want to go to graduate school after college?
Students should consider advanced study in Afghanistan or the region.  In accordance with AGFAF's graduate school policy, students who remain in the US to attend graduate school are expected to return home immediately following completion of graduate school.

Can I stay in the United States for an OPT program?
Remaining in the US to work in an OPT program is appropriate only if the position has a direct and meaningful relationship to the student's major area of study and will significantly help in what the student does upon returning home.

What if I want to remain in the US during summer?
All students return home during the summers to maintain family/cultural ties and to gather experience through summer employment. Students may remain in the US for one summer if they have secured a special academic or work opportunity directly related to their field of study and have AGFAF's consent.  

What if my circumstances change which make it impossible for me to fulfill my contractual obligations?
AGFAF understands that, once a student is in the USA, circumstances may change and the student, natural family or host family will not want the student to return home. AGFAF will not compel a student to return home. However, student, natural family and host family must understand that such a decision is in direct conflict with the signed AGFAF Agreement. Under such circumstances, AGFAF has the right to terminate student funding. However, to encourage honesty and openness between all parties, AGFAF will consider the circumstances surrounding this decision and may decide to continue to fund the student’s education in accordance with the loan provision of the signed AGFAF Agreement. If that is unacceptable to the student, natural family or host family, they are certainly free to look elsewhere for the funds needed to continue.

AGFAF assists academically qualified Afghan students who seek a US education and agree to return home following college, graduate school, or a meaningful OPT experience. Those we support, self-identify as committed to using their education to bring about social change and gender equality in Afghanistan.

AGFAF students are selected because of their leadership potential, as well as their academic ability. Their activities at home have many beneficial effects. They help improve their country and encourage other Afghans to seek an education. They provide AGFAF financial supporters with evidence that the investment they have made in educating Afghan students, not only leads to personal growth but to broader benefits for the Afghan people. These positive outcomes encourage further financing of AGFAF to support additional students. 

AGFAF is far more than an organization that just provides financial support. AGFAF provides academic tutoring and assistance with securing summer internships and job placement after graduation. AGFAF forms long-lasting partnerships with students. Within these partnerships, there is a close working relationship where meeting contractual obligations and honorable dealings are a given.

AGFAF is not for everyone.  Those who do not intend to return to Afghanistan or are uncertain about whether they will return should not apply to AGFAF for support.

AGFAF primarily supports women's education but also provides assistance to a limited number of Afghan men. All students return home during the summers to maintain family/cultural ties and to gather experience through summer employment. Students may remain in the US for one summer during their undergraduate education if they have secured a special academic or work opportunity directly related to their field of study and have AGFAF's consent.  

The AGFAF application process requires substantial information including, but not limited to, your prior education, work, health, financial condition (family as well), visa history and relationships with other organizations. All information submitted must be honest and complete. If new circumstances arise after completion of an application, AGFAF must be promptly notified of any changes and/or new facts. Full disclosure is mandatory. Any finding that information submitted was not truthfully or fully reported will subject a student to possible suspension or cancellation of AGFAF support. 

Before AGFAF makes any commitment to provide funds, the student and natural family (and host family if relevant) must enter into an agreement which sets forth the rights and obligations of all parties. In additon, as part of entering into a relationship with AGFAF, students will be required to sign an enforceable loan agreement. 

Applicants are expected to work cooperatively with AGFAF as school admission and required funding is sought. AGFAF has developed a number of high level relationships with colleges, universities and secondary schools. We use these to try and secure placements and support. This approach most often means a focus on one school, not many. While different than the "standard college application practice" it is what AGFAF has found works best and students are expected to comply with this approach. 

Students already enrolled in US schools, who lose funding through no fault of their own, may apply to AGFAF for financial assistance. In such cases, AGFAF requires that a detailed accounting of the amount lost, the amount needed and confirmation of the loss be submitted before an application can be processed.