Number of foreign students in U.S. colleges has nearly doubled since 2005

by Grace

Valued for their tuition dollars and the diversity they offer, foreign students in U.S. colleges have nearly doubled their numbers over the last ten years.

American universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of foreign students, prompted by the rise of an affluent class in China and generous scholarships offered by oil-rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia.

Cash-strapped public universities also are driving the trend, aggressively recruiting students from abroad, especially undergraduates who pay a premium compared with in-state students.

There are 1.13 million foreign students in the U.S., the vast majority in college-degree programs, according to a report to be released Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security. That represents a 14% increase over last year, nearly 50% more than in 2010 and 85% more than in 2005.

The active recruitment of foreign students raises concerns that they are crowding out opportunities for U.S. students.

“There is a widespread notion that dollars are being spent on foreign students and that they are displacing U.S. students, even if in general that isn’t right,” said John Bound, a University of Michigan economist who has studied the influx.

Foreign tuition money subsidies U.S. students.

Schools need the tuition money.  One way to look at it is that full-pay international students actually help subsidize the education of U.S. students who receive financial aid.

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Miriam Jordan, “International Students Stream Into U.S. Colleges”, Wall Street Journal,  March 24, 2015.

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3 Comments to “Number of foreign students in U.S. colleges has nearly doubled since 2005”

  1. At public universities, they are subsidizing everyone since they allow the universities to keep tuition lower even as taxpayer support is withdrawn.

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  2. Both sides are right here: foreign students are displacing domestic students, and the privatization of public universities by reducing their state funding has necessitated relying on full-pay students to subsidize the others.

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  3. “At public universities, they are subsidizing everyone”

    Yes, true.

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