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Refugee School Impact (RSI) Program

What is the RSI program?

The RSI program is a voluntary, federally funded, grant program for those Local Education Agencies (LEAs) who welcome a significant number of students with refugee status. Funded by the federal Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR), Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) in coordination with Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) sub-contract with qualifying institutions to support:

  • Specialized services and support of eligible youth;
  • Support for families learning to navigate the U.S. education system; and
  • Capacity development for school systems, including education and training for staff around the unique and varied needs of refugees, and access to necessary resources.

For more specifics about RSI allowable expenditures, please visit ORR’s RSI Program webpage or read ORR’s Policy Letter 22-07.

Who is eligible?

The RSI program supports Indiana students with refugee status between the ages of birth until 18 years old, or those 18 and older who are enrolled in high school or a high school equivalent GED program. RSI program services focus on new arrivals and those who have been in the U.S. five years or less and continue to face integration and academic challenges. Both youth and their families may receive services from the RSI program.

All LEAs with refugee-background students are encouraged to report their refugee-status student numbers. However, because the RSI program funding is limited, IDOE is obligated to ensure allocations go to areas with the greatest need and where it can have the greatest impact.

For more information on how ORR defines refugee and eligibility of services, please read ORR’s policy letter 16-01.

Active Grant and Timelines

RSI Grant

Refugee student count deadline

Application deadline

Amendment Deadline

Encumbrance Deadline

Reimbursement Request Deadline

Liquidation Deadline

Financial End Report Deadline




September 15, 2022

September 30, 2022

December 15, 2022

December 31, 2022

December 31, 2022


October 15, 2021

December 17, 2022

September 15, 2023

September 30, 2023

December 15, 2023

December 31, 2023

December 31, 2023

Semi-annual Reporting Deadlines for Subgrantees:

Reporting Period


October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022

Apr 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Friday, Oct 28, 2022

Semi-annual Reporting Submission

RSI Grant Materials

For more information about RSIG, visit the English Learning Community Moodle. Log-in to Moodle using the LINK Portal.