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Note: This study was originally published on July 13, 2016 but has been updated to reflect the most recent data.
The United States has some of the best colleges and universities in the world. For this reason, many international students apply to these schools each year. In fact, there were nearly 1.1 million international students enrolled at schools throughout the U.S. in 2017-18, which represented a 1.5 percent increase from the year prior.
One of the biggest problems international students face is figuring out which college to attend in this foreign land. There are many factors that come into play: what the area is like, how many international students attend the university, how much it costs, availability of student loans, and much more.
Here at LendEDU, we try to help prospective college students make informed decisions regarding what institution they will attend. With the average cost of college now rising up to almost $30,000 and $60,000 per year for public and private universities respectively, finding funding is as important as ever.
For this reason, our team has analyzed data licensed from Peterson’s Financial Aid Database to determine which schools offer the most financial aid to international students. We hope that these results help students coming from overseas decide on what school to attend and better plan for their college careers in the U.S.
Below you will find a table that features 865 U.S. higher education institutions, sorted from the school that gives the most financial aid to international students all the way down to the college that provides the least financial aid to international students. Financial aid includes any scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study funding offered to international students.
Note: If you cannot find a certain school, the data was either not sufficient to include in the report or the school did not voluntarily submit their financial aid data to Peterson’s.
These Colleges and Universities Give the Most Financial Aid to International Students in the United States:
The data found within this report derives from the Peterson’s Undergraduate Financial Aid Database that was licensed by LendEDU. Data from Peterson’s is voluntarily submitted by U.S. colleges and universities that choose to submit their financial aid information. This particular data reflects financial aid statistics from the 2016/17 academic year, the most current dataset available. The dataset used here also only includes non-profit four-year private or public undergraduate universities and colleges. 1,080 universities and colleges submitted their financial aid information for this particular dataset. The statistic used in the above table was pulled directly from the Peterson’s dataset, and LendEDU reported the figure as we received them. Financial aid included any scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study funding offered to international students. No calculations or adjustments were made to the figures.
Author: Mike Brown
In his role at LendEDU, Mike uses data, usually from surveys and publicly-available resources, to identify emerging personal finance trends and tell unique stories. Mike’s work, featured in major outlets like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, provides consumers with a personal finance measuring stick and can help them make informed finance decisions.