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The us economy is losing billions because foreign students aren’t enrolling (cnn.com)
28 points by empath75 5 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments

He who pays the piper calls the tunes.

I'm a huge advocate of higher education, but it seems like a bad idea to fund it in a major way with the tuition of foreign students. Far better to provide those students education without a premium, or perhaps even at a slight discount.

Not surprising given visa and cost hurdle. Plus starting life with a mountain of debt seems like a poor strategy

and now the schools are stuck accepting those students the people who fund the places intended -- their own communities

International students make up for it by paying 3-4x what in-state students pay.

Do you have any evidence of the zero-sum nature of your comment? That international students are taking spots away from local students?

If acceptance is below 100%, people are being denied spots. If students are constantly getting waitlisted, that is even worse, with an unfulfilled promise amounting to denial.

UCF is a convenient example for me:

UCF is informally known as "U Can't Finish" because the classes fill up before all the students can register. You can see the complaints on /r/ucf around registration time, and I've heard about this personally from people who have experienced it. For example, a CS student can't graduate because the physics classes all have over 150 people waitlisted.

According to wikipedia, "enrollment today exceeds 66,000 students from 157 countries, all 50 states and Washington, D.C.". The school is 4% international and rejects 50% of applicants. Unless nearly all of the rejected students are international, there are many non-international students who lost spots to the international students.

The fact that international students are willing to pay 3-4x what in-state students pay, joined with the reality that the cost of college has tracked at 500% of average consumer price inflation?

It definitely isn't a zero sum gain for everyone. A lot of money comes into our economy in general from international students. And in a sane environment, we would try to keep them here when they graduate.

But pretending it isn't an important component of college price inflation in a country ruled by supply and demand, and the power of the almighty dollar, doesn't make sense either.

Just raise the tuition prices to make up the difference. Most of these schools see foreign students as a cash cow anyway.

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