The Cheapest Universities in the USA for International Students

Updated April 17, 2017

Finding a college for international students to study in the United States may not be easy. American colleges are generally not cheap—although many offer grants, scholarships and financial aid. Some are based on need while others are given to students who are accepted to the school. Tuitions and awards vary.

Lower-Tuition Universities

Most of the amounts indicated are from 2009 and 2010 and are subject to change. The following schools are high ranked with comparatively low tuition fees.

Tuition for out-of-state students at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is £8,202. However, LSU considers the financial needs of the international students though emergency loans. In addition, after one year at the school pupils may receive partial scholarships.

Louisiana State University 110 Thomas Boyd Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803 225-578-1175

San Diego State University charges foreigners £241 per unit, not to exceed £7,254. The school is recognised nationally as a superior university for minority students. It offers a top-ranking program in international business.

San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego, CA 92182 619-594-5200

University of Miami in Coral Gables has a tuition of £20,337 with partial and full scholarships available for international students. In 2009, its enrolment was 2,062.

University of Miami P.O. Box 248025 Coral Gables, FL 33124 305-284-221

Ivy League Schools With Excellent Aid

Several top universities offer need-blind admissions. If you are accepted as an international student, you may avail of funding. The difference between the tuition and the money allotted is paid for by scholarships and other aid. These include the following institutions:

Harvard University in Massachusetts has a tuition is £28,083 and gives an average grant of £23,890. Harvard has 665 international students, making it a sought-after school for them.

Harvard University 86 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-495-1551

Princeton University in New Jersey had an enrolment of 6,785 in 2009. Tuition is £29,380 and £16,083 is given in grants.

Princeton University P.O. Box 430 Princeton, NJ 08544 609-259-3060

Yale University, founded in 1701, is located in New Haven, Connecticut and offers tuition at £31,037 and an average award of £20,031. Its total enrolment in 2009 was 5,303.

Yale University P.O. Box 208334 New Haven, CT 06520 203-432-9300

Generous Colleges for Need-Based International Students

These colleges provide generous need-based aid to international students.

St. Lawrence in Canton, New York, has a tuition of £34,498 with average grants of £27,046. Between 2009-2010, there were 129 international students enrolled from 45 countries including Afghanistan, Belarus and Bulgaria.

St. Lawrence University Payson Hall Canton, NY 13617 315-229-5261

University of Chicago, known for being ethnically diverse, has a tuition of £34,039 and grants of £26,689. Its Office of International Affairs helps international students with related services.

University of Chicago 1101 East 58th Street Chicago,IL 60637 773-702-8650

The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California offers grants of £24,174. It is sensitive for international students who have financial needs. Applicants need a strong background in physics and math.

The California Institute of Technology 1200 EastCalifornia Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91125 626-395-6811

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Based in Bellmore, N.Y., Shula Hirsch has been writing since 1960 on travel, education, raising children and senior problems. Her articles have appeared in "Newsday," "Mature Living," "Teaching Today," and "Travel News." She holds a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and is a retired professor of English.