Being an international student comes with many challenges, one of which being financial difficulties. According to a joint declaration by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), one of the biggest obstacles international students in the U.S. face is financing their education. When asked what difficulties they encountered in planning their period of study in the U.S., 38 percent of respondents answered, “Getting the financial resources for studying abroad.” This was the second most common answer, the first being “Complicated visa procedures/strict requirements” (53 percent of respondents).
Why is it so hard for international students to pay for their studies in the U.S.? The answer lies in their limited financial aid opportunities. Although roughly 40 percent of U.S. students receive financial aid from the federal government, international students don’t receive any federal student aid. According to a 2016 statement by the Institute of International Education (IIE), 81.2 percent of international undergraduate students rely priily funds to finance their education.
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