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DHS Report: 1.13 Million Foreign Students in US
Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 07:31 AM
By Elliot Jager
Financially hard-pressed public universities, but also comparatively well-off private schools, are intensively recruiting foreign undergraduates who pay premium tuition fees. Some 1.13 million international students are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges, the Department of Homeland Security reported on Wednesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.
States have been cutting the amount of money they set aside for higher education. This obliges colleges to have students pick up a higher share of their education costs in tuition fees, Bloomberg reported.
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Some colleges even send emissaries abroad to recruit foreign students. The University of Colorado Boulder currently has a foreign student population of 6.5 percent. Administrators want to boost the figure to 10 percent. Most of the schools international students are from China, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. These students pay $35,231 annually in tuition compared with $10,971 for instate residents, according to the Journal.
The increasing flow of foreign students into U.S. colleges is facilitated by rising affluence in China and by the policies of oil-rich Arab countries that provide openhanded scholarships.
The highest number of foreign students, 331,371, is from China. Next is India with 146,336. South Korea comes in third with 87,384. Saudi Arabia is fourth with 81,000 students compared to about 5,000 at the time of the 9/11 attacks.