A rise in anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S.—and a resulting shift in attitudes overseas—could signal trouble ahead for American universities, and higher tuition prices for their U.S. students.
Colleges won’t know for sure where international enrollment stands until August, when students arrive on campus. But many in higher education fear that studying in America now is less appealing to international students. There's already news of higher numbers of applications to other countries, as well as concern over the Trump administration's travel ban, reports of violent attacks on Indian workers in the U.S., and an overall increase in anti-immigrant rhetoric.
A decrease in international students, however, could have ripple effects that destabilize college and university budgets. International students have grown into an important revenue source at some U.S. colleges, especially at public universities weathering limited state support.
At top research universities, for example, an increase in foreign students accounted for an average 22% of the increase in tuition revenue between 2007 and 2012, according to research out of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. At three universities—Ohio State, Purdue and Indiana—more than half of increased revenue came from international students.
In other words, if there is a noticeable drop in international enrollments, university revenue is likely to fall—and American students could face tuition increases to make up the difference.
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