VOA Special English – Studying in America – 20 – Financial aid – edupass.org -

This is the VOA Special English EDUCATION REPORT.
We talked last week about employment rules for international students in the United States. Now we move to financial aid, which is often limited for international students.
American schools provided aid to almost half of foreign graduate students during the last academic year, but only 10% of undergraduates.
In all, more than 60% of international students paid for their education mainly with personal or family money. 26% were supported by their American college or university.
Foreign students represent a valuable resource, especially when public colleges and universities face budget cuts by states. Foreign students pay the higher prices charged for students from out of state. Not only that, they can help schools increase their ethnic diversity.
Some students are supported by their home university or government. A small number receive support from the United States government. Employers, private sponsors and international organizations also help some students pay for school.
A list of American colleges and universities that offer financial aid to foreign students can be found at edupass.org– e-d-u-p-a-s-s dot o-r-g. The Web site also provides information and advice on scholarship programs. Never trust a program that charges for application forms.
Another helpful site about American higher education and financial aid is educationusa.state.gov.
About 1/2 of international students are in graduate school. The Institute of International Education in New York says thirty-one percent during the last academic year were undergraduates. The others were studying English or in training program.
In all, the United States has around 18,000,000 students in higher education. Last year, more than 620,000, or 31/2%, were international students.
The United States, though, has the largest “market share,” about 20% of all the international students in the world. But even as more and more students come to the United States, more and more are also going to other countries. So experts say the American share is likely to go down in the future.
The nearest competitor is Britain, with 13% at last report. Other top countries for international students include France, Germany, Australia, China, Canada and Japan.
And that’s the VOA Special English EDUCATION REPORT, written by Nancy Steinbach. Our Foreign Student Series is online at voaspecialenglish.com. I’m Steve Ember.

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