U.S. News & World Report released its 2013 Best Colleges rankings last week, packed with data on more than 1,600 colleges and universities. For some international students who use the rankings, many U.S. schools may seem out of reach financially, due to the high costs of tuition and living expenses and the limited financial aid options for international students.
But there are schools across the country that offer substantial financial aid packages specifically to international students hoping to study in the United States. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 350 ranked schools offered financial aid packages to 50 or more international students, averaging $17,289 in institutional aid per student. (Note: U.S. News only considered colleges and universities that awarded financial aid to at least 50 international students for this analysis.)
Harvard University and Yale University, which placed first and third, respectively, in the National Universities rankings, are among the top five schools that awarded the highest average financial aid to at least 50 international students. The other three schools on this list are National Liberal Arts Colleges, including second-ranked Amherst College.
Below is an infographic that highlights the five schools that awarded the highest average financial aid packages for international students during the 2011-2012 academic year. Keep in mind that since these are averages, not every student at each of these schools received the full awards below. The financial aid data below are correct as of Sept. 19, 2012.
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