11 Most Affordable U.S. Colleges for International Students

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Universities throughout the United States accept international students every year for graduate and undergraduate programs, but education at American universities is often very expensive, and the financial aid options can be hard to navigate.

Here is a list of affordable colleges for international students, including options in the eastern, western, middle, and southern U.S. These colleges range from large to small and include technical institutions and liberal arts.

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1. Skidmore College:

Skidmore, a liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York, offered aid to 96 international students during the 2014-2015 school year, awarding an average of $56,600. With just approximately 2,500 students, the college offers a more intimate college experience than the larger universities.

2. Yale University:

Yale, an Ivy League school founded in the 1700s in New Haven, Connecticut, provided aid to 322 international students in 2014-2015, awarding an average of $55,862.

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One of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, Yale not only provides students an excellent education, but offers an Ivy League degree that's certain to open more opportunities following graduation.

3. California Institute of Technology (Caltech):

On the West Coast, Caltech in Pasadena can be a good option for international students interested in technical disciplines. A world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, Caltech is home to NASA's jet propulsion laboratory.

Making up 11 percent of the student body, international students of Caltech pay an average tuition $11, 775, minus grants and scholarships.

4. Stanford:

Stanford, another excellent California school known for the tech whizzes it churns out, provided aid to 150 international students in 2014-2015, offering an average of $53,422.

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5. Duke:

In the South, Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina, boasts that more than 75 percent of its students pursue service-learning opportunities, which gives them hands-on, real-world experience outside of the classroom in service of society.

Duke has an average tuition- minus institutional grants and scholarships- of $9,092, with international students making up 8 percent of its student body. Duke awarded international students an average of $53,334 in 2014-2015.

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6. Emory University:

Recognized internationally as a leading healthcare system, Emory of Atlanta, Georgia, has an international student population that makes up 13 percent of the school. The average tuition, minus grants and scholarships, is $16,531.

7. Purdue University:

In the middle of the country, Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana, has a large percentage of international students: 17 percent, or 8,700 students, which represent 125 countries!

In addition, average tuition, minus grants and scholarships, is $13,230. Purdue is listed among the Princeton Review's 200 "best value" colleges for 2015, and Purdue's alumni network was ranked No. 11.

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8. University of Iowa:

Birthplace of the renowned Iowa Writer's Workshop and boasting one of the nation's largest academic medical centers, the University of Iowa in Iowa City has more than 4,000 international students on campus, which make up 9 percent of the student body.

Of these, more than 70 percent are from Asia. Average tuition, minus grants and scholarships, is $9,411.

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9. Rice University:

Rice, a private research university in Houston, Texas, has a 10 percent international student enrollment and an average tuition, minus grants and scholarships, of $10, 822.

With its small size and student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1, the university offers the benefits of a research institution in a more intimate academic setting.

10. Amherst College:

Part of the five-college consortium, which enables students at Amherst College, UMass Amherst, Smith College, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College to take classes on each other's campuses, Amherst is set in beautiful Amherst, Massachusetts.

As one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, it gave 156 international students an average of $55,673 in aid in the 2014-2015 school year.

11. Harvard University:

Likely the most famous American university, known for its excellence, rigor, and exclusivity, Harvard, located in urban Cambridge, Massachusetts, gave aid to 524 international students in 2014-2015, with an average amount of $53,409.

With 360,000 alumni around the world, Harvard offers the combination of a world-class education with the benefits of an excellent network.

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