Between travel, visas and many universities charging higher tuition for nonresidents, the cost to study in the U.S. can be steep.
While heavily populated states such as California and New York dominate when it comes to the number of international students, budget-minded learners can often find good deals in less traditional destinations.
Of the 233 ranked schools that enrolled at least 25 international students and reported total costs for international students to U.S. News in an annual survey, the majority of the 15 most affordable colleges are located in the Midwest.
Annual costs for international students at these schools come in at a high of $33,086 and go as low as $26,035. Total costs include tuition and fees charged to international students — plus room and board, books, transportation and other expenses.
They do not account for any financial aid awarded. Here are the 15 U.S. colleges and universities with the lowest reported total cost for international students in 2021-22. Schools that did not report total costs for international students are excluded.
Monroe College (NY)
Lindenwood University (MO)
University of Akron (OH)
Western Michigan University
Minnesota State University–Mankato
Indiana University–South Bend
University of Nebraska–Kearney
Truman State University (MO)
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
Coppin State University (MD)
Murray State University (KY)
California State University–Fresno
South Dakota State University
Minnesota State University–Moorhead
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U.S. schools with the lowest international student costs
— Minnesota State University–Moorhead: $26,035
— South Dakota State University: $26,126
— California State University–Fresno: $28,181
— Murray State University: $29,237
— Coppin State University: $29,746
— Southern Illinois University–Carbondale: $29,903
— Southeast Missouri State University: $30,343
— Truman State University: $30,523
— University of Nebraska–Kearney: $30,982
— Indiana University–South Bend: $31,863
— Minnesota State University–Mankato: $32,070
— Western Michigan University: $32,104
— University of Akron: $32,718
— Lindenwood University: $33,040
— Monroe University: $33,086