We are the Institute for East African Councils on Higher Education

The IEA Councils is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit specializing in college access for immigrant, as well as first-generation immigrant students of East African heritage.

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Our Mission

As strong advocates of higher educational access and persistence, IEA Councils engages targeted student communities by delegating appropriate representatives to ensure proper guidance, support and resources. The importance of education at IEA Councils is exemplified by the culturally personalized assistance we provide to ensure that East-African communities residing in the United States cultivate their full potential.


IEA Class of 2019



“The nonprofit... helps students navigate the dizzying admissions process and makes sure they understand what it means to be a college student.”

The Washington Post

“I’d like to see these kids take initiative, whatever profession they’re in... I want to see them in positions of leadership.”

- Matheos Mesfin

Executive Director

Ready to find out more?

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be opening in April 2021! In the meantime, while you wait for applications to open you can read stories on some of the amazing students that we have been able to work with here at the IEA.