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Affordable U.S. Colleges and Universities for International Students

Aug 25, 2022

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The United States welcomes around one million international students to its various colleges and universities each year. For many prospective international students, tuition costs and other financial considerations may inform where they choose to study. Although the U.S. boasts some of the most expensive academic programs in the world and it can be a challenge to secure financial aid, there are still affordable study options for international students out there.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly study abroad option, a general tip is to avoid major cities and popular, “big name” universities, and opt for smaller towns or institutions. While the East and West Coasts in the U.S. tend to be more expensive, the Midwest and parts of the South have many cost-effective study options for international students to choose from. Applying to programs located in areas with a lower cost of living on average can also make your entire study abroad experience more affordable. In this way, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in smaller, welcoming communities with on-campus support and lifestyles geared toward students.

Here is a list of some of the most affordable universities and colleges (based on tuition rates) in the U.S. for international students to help with your search:

  1. University of Florida

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: $28,858

  1. North Carolina State University

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: $29,220

  1. Howard University

Location: Washington, DC

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: $28,440

  1. Indiana University, South Bend

Location: South Bend, Indiana

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: $31,863

  1. University of Nebraska, Kearney

Location: Kearney, Nebraska

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: $30,982

  1. South Dakota State University

Location: Brookings, South Dakota

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: $26,126

  1. Ohio State University, Columbus

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Average Annual Tuition and Fees: $33,501

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In addition to the schools with low tuition rates listed above, here are some U.S. schools that offer financial aid and scholarship opportunities for international students:

  1. Columbia University

Location: New York, New York

  1. Duke University

Location: Durham, North Carolina

  1. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California

  1. Wesleyan University

Location: Middletown, Connecticut

  1. Swarthmore College

Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

  1. Skidmore College

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York

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