Washington, D.C.–In 2016-2017, more than 1.78 million international students contributed $36.9 billion to the United States economy. According to new data released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, out of the 1.78 million students, nearly 100,000 attended community colleges. This group of students contributed $2.4 billion to the U.S economy.
Just in California alone, international students contributed nearly $100 million. Each year, NAFSA releases an economic analysis tool that allows you to see the economic impact of international students by state. To view the economic impact of international students in your state, click here.
“Community colleges provide a fertile environment for students of all walks of life to learn and develop vital skills that will lead to professional success,” stated Ester D. Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO at NAFSA. “The results of this analysis demonstrate that as community colleges continue to prioritize internationalization in their expansion efforts, and as they continue to welcome international students to their campuses, our country and our students are the better for it.”
To view the economic impact of international students at U.S. community colleges by state, please view the infographic below.