Economic Value of International Students at U.S. Community Colleges

NAFSA's latest analysis finds that the 96,472 international students studying at U.S. community colleges contributed $2.4 billion and supported more than 14,000 jobs to the U.S. economy during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Overall, international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities contribute $36.9 billion to the U.S. economy and support 450,331 jobs. NAFSA conducts an annual state-by-state and congressional district analysis of the economic contributions of international students and their families to the U.S. economy. The economic contributions of international students are in addition to the immeasurable academic and cultural value these students bring to our campuses and local communities.

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