PORTALES (KSEL)- With the international student visa fees are set to rise from $200 to $350 this month and many universities charging higher tuition for nonresidents, the cost to study in the U.S. can be high. According to a report published by the U.S. News and World, Eastern New Mexico University has been ranked number two in a list of “15 Affordable Colleges for International Students” 2017-2018 school year. Of the 976 schools that reported international student tuition to U.S. News in an annual survey, the 15 most affordable are largely regional colleges or universities located in the North or the Midwest. Eastern New Mexico University ranks number two with an international tuition of $3,661 and a 50% graduation rate among these students. Total number of international students for the 17-18 year were not reported.
According to the report, annual international student tuition at these schools comes in at a high of $7,630 and goes as low as $0 at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where the federal government pays the way in exchange for a service obligation.