According to data collected by the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges (ASC), more than 2,500 higher education institutions across the United States reported enrolling at least one international (non-resident alien) degree-seeking undergraduate student in academic year 2014-15. Of these institutions, approximately one-third (or more than 800) reported awarding institutional grant or scholarship aid — need-based and/or non-need-based — to enrolled international undergraduate students in 2014-15. The total amount of financial aid allocated represents roughly $1.2 billion investment in the potential of international students on U.S. campuses.
The number of U.S. institutions awarding financial aid has been increasing.
Over 800 institutions awarded $1.2 billion in financial aid to international undergraduate degree-seeking students in 2014/15.
Number of U.S. Institutions Awarding Financial Aid & Amount of Financial Aid to International Undergraduate Students, 2011/12-2014/15
NOTE: International students is defined as non-resident aliens. Data excludes institutions that did not respond to questions in the Annual Survey of Colleges. SOURCE: Internal analysis of College Board Annual Survey of Colleges, 2011/12-2015/16.
About 1 in 6 international undergraduate students received some form of institutional aid.
International students at private nonprofits are the more likely than students at other institution types to receive institutional financial aid.
Share of Total International Degree-seeking Undergraduate Students who Received Need or Non-need Based Institutional Financial Aid, 2014/15
NOTE: International students is defined as non-resident aliens. Data excludes institutions that did not respond to questions in the Annual Survey of Colleges. SOURCE: Internal analysis of College Board Annual Survey of Colleges, 2014/15 – 2015/16.
Data from the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges (ASC) also indicates that over the last decade, there has been a notable rise in the number of higher education institutions awarding financial aid. The amount of aid awarded to degree-seeking international undergraduate students has risen at an even faster pace, well above the rate of increase of college tuition prices within U.S. higher education. Approximately 1 in 6 international undergraduate students in 2014-15 received some form of institutional aid, though this amount as a percentage of total cost of attendance varies widely across institutions.
The college and university profiles available at College Board’s Big Future website include international student financial aid data for individual institutions.
Below is an example of an institution’s Big Future profile and the location of information relevant to international students.