Foreign Students Spent Nearly $18 Billion in the United States during 2008 – 2009 Academic Year

New state-by-state figures released today; in economic downturn, presence of foreign students boosts state economies


Contact: Andy Amsler, 202.495.2559

For Release: November 16, 2009

Foreign students and their dependents continue to make a significant contribution to local and state economies, spending $17.6 billion in the United States during the 2008- 2009 academic year according to a new NAFSA report released today.

California, New York, and Texas welcomed the largest numbers of foreign students, and those states each saw a substantial benefit from the spending students and their families do on day-to-day necessities, as well as tuition and fees. NAFSA's report provides detailed information for each state, broken down by major higher education institutions, and also offers, for the first time, additional analysis by congressional district. The report uses tuition and living expense data from Wintergreen Orchard House and enrollment figures from Open Doors 2009, published by the Institute of International Education.

View economic impact data for each state and congressional district.

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