New reports released on Tuesday reveal increases across the board in international education participation, a sign that higher education is recognizing and promoting the value of educational exchange. As the data show, the United States still has plenty of room for growth, and the benefits are numerous.
NAFSA’s annual economic impact analysis illustrates the financial impact that international students and their dependents have on the U.S. economy. During the 2011-2012 academic year, according to NAFSA’s calculations, these students contributed more than $21.81 billion through tuition, fees, and living expenses. You can explore various breakdowns of the data and discover the economic impact of international students by state, congressional district, and institution.
International students make more than financial contributions, however. “They bring incalculable academic value to U.S. colleges and universities, and cultural value to local communities as international enrollment grows,” said NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene M. Johnson.