International Student Enrollment and Budgetary Challenges

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Katie McClure


International students bring both cultural and financial benefits to American higher education institutions, but in recent years there has been a marked decrease in their enrollment. Historically these students have been used to fill gaps left from in-state tuition, but with fewer international students there is pressure on universities to increase enrollment. This discussion frames the enrollment issue in terms of internal factors related to the changing immigration policies, higher tuition prices, and an unwelcome environment. The external factors that contribute to other countries attractiveness such as more lenient immigration policies, easier pathways to citizenship, and changing factors at home and abroad. Recommendations for universities to utilize to attract international students are discussed.


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McClure, K. (2020). International Student Enrollment and Budgetary Challenges. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 100–109. Retrieved from