What Is the Value of International Students to Your State in 2011?


International students contribute billions of dollars to the United States each year—and so much more. Follow the IEW blog series on the many contributions international students make to their local communities. International students:

  • Build bridges between the United States and other countries.
  • Bring global perspectives into U.S. classrooms.
  • Demand courses in the sciences and engineering, which makes it possible for U.S. colleges and universities to offer those courses to U.S. students.
  • Support programming and services on campus for all students by paying out-of-state tuition, funded largely by non-U.S. sources.
  • Support local businesses and communities with their spending on rent, transportation, and other expenses.

The Economic Benefits of International Education to the United States: A Statistical Analysis, 2010-2011

Each year NAFSA issues a report—including detailed state-by-state analysis—on the economic benefits of spending by international students and their dependents to the U.S. economy. During the 2010-2011 academic year, international students and their dependents contributed approximately $20.23 billion to the U.S. economy.

2010-2011 Economic Impact Statements

Click on a state or select from the list below to see a detailed report. Download a national report (300kb Adobe PDF).

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To produce its report, NAFSA uses tuition and living-expense data from Wintergreen Orchard House and enrollment data from the Institute of International Education's Open Doors 2011 report. The data are analyzed by Jason Baumgartner at Indiana University–Bloomington's Office of International Services.

NAFSA's report does not rely on a multiplier effect, as there is no consensus on the appropriate size of such a multiplier. Each report includes a detailed methodological appendix. NAFSA and its partners are committed to continuing efforts to improve our data and methodology.

View Economic Impact Statements for 2009-2010.