It is no surprise that the U.S. is a top destination for international students looking to study abroad. As a result, the U.S. hit a record high of 1,043,839 total international undergraduate and graduate students in 2016–2016, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). However, though the U.S. is a top destination for education, it is also one of the costliest in terms of tuition.
Many international students are interested in studying abroad in the U.S. but cannot afford the expenses that come along with it. On average, tuition can range from $15,000–$60,000 (U.S. dollars) a year depending on the university’s status (private, public, community, or 4-year institution). Also, do not forget other costs such as transportation, textbooks, and additional fees that may apply. As a result of these costs, many international students are forced to reconsider their decision to study in the U.S.
But all is not lost—there are many universities that offer generous funding to international students.
The following infographic lists the top 10 institutions offering financial aid to international students. This was compiled by the U.S. News and World Report during the 2014–2015 school year, ranked by the average award amount granted per student.
Here are links to each of the universities listed above, as well as their locations:
- Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
- Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
- Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
- Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
- Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
- Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
- Columbia University, New York, New York
- Stanford University, Stanford, California
- Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Do not forget, there are also outside sources for funding such as scholarships, grants, your current employer, personal and family funds, and funding from your home country.
Here is a list of other sources to help finance your education in the U.S.:
Data is drawn from U.S. News and World Report’s 10 Universities That Offer International Students the Most Aid.