US Schools Use Reduced Tuition to Attract International Students
Offering financial help to international students works wonders, for those US schools trying to increase their international student enrollment. It doesn't have to be a full scholarship, but anything to make a good international education more affordable will increase your popularity. At InternationalStudent.com we know this well, which is why we run InternationalScholarships.com and IEFA.org, two completely free websites listing scholarships just for international education.
Eastern Illinois University is using the strategy to good effect. According to a recent story in the Daily Eastern News, a tuition reduction was the number one factor in swelling international students at the school. From the story:
"The number of international students attending Eastern increased after the Undergraduate International Excellence Award was put into effect at the start of the fall 2010 semester. The award comes in the form of a tuition reduction, reducing tuition about $12,000 for undergraduate international students who earn a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Marilyn Holmes, coordinator of the international students and scholars office, said instead of paying the normal international undergraduate rate of $30,292 the award would allow the students to pay the in-state rate of $18,100."
Read the rest of the story in the Daily Eastern News.