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Students from sub-Saharan Africa Studying in the United States
40,000
35,000
30,000
25,000
20,000
15,000
10,000
5,000
0

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19541955

19591960

19641965

19691970

19741975

19791980

19841985

19891990

19941995

19992000

20042005

20092010

20142015

20172018

Source: IIE Open Doors data

says. "Those students may have no way to
make up the gap, even a relatively small
gap, and you may end up not reaching any
of those students."
Amherst College in Massachusetts
has actively recruited across Africa since
2007; now, about 19 percent of its 160
international students come from the
continent. Amherst is in the fortunate
position of being able to offer full needbased scholarships to all students, and
the majority of African students are fully
funded, says Xiaofeng Wan, Amherst
College's associate dean of admission and
coordinator of international recruitment.
"We make sure students are not
hindered by financial shortfalls," Wan
says. International students average over
$62,000 in grant support per year from the
college, where 89 percent of them are on
aid. Such assistance includes an allowance
for an annual round-trip ticket to and from
their home country, a start-up grant for
first-year students, books, medical and
emergency costs, and other expenses.
However, many institutions simply
cannot provide that level of assistance,
no matter their commitment to bringing
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African students to their campuses.
"The African international students who
apply from impoverished backgrounds
want large scholarships," says Chenelle
Goyen, associate director of admissions at
the University of Georgia (UGA). "UGA
has large scholarships, however it is very
competitive to qualify for one."
Some institutions, like the University of
Rochester in New York, use a sliding scale
to determine financial assistance, such as
the College Board's CSS Profile application
for financial aid.
"Many African students need almost
everything," says Jonathan Burdick, dean
of admissions and financial aid for the
University of Rochester. They "are often
only able to contribute a few thousand
[dollars], though there are students from
Africa all the way up to full pay."
Keteku notes that EducationUSA has a
vast database on the expenses of studying
abroad to help inbound African students
identify hidden costs that may derail the
feasibility of studying in the United States.
The database includes a financial aid table
of 1,100 four-year institutions that have
given more than $10,000 to individual

international students.
Ensuring good communication
regarding financial obligations is crucial,
says Lehigh's Dieng. Many African
students and parents have a misconception
about on-campus employment for
instance, he says.
"Many [mistakenly] believe that a student
can be supported by the 20 hours they
work on campus, if given the opportunity,"
Dieng says. "Thus, taking the time to
educate African students and parents on
finances is, in my opinion, mandatory."

Testing and Immigration Challenges
Testing and other administrative and
legal requirements pose large hurdles for
many African students. The enormous
barriers that some students face-such
as lack of reliable access to the internet,
proximity to testing sites, gaps in primary
and secondary educations, the needs
of other family members, and living
in environments affected by privation,
conflict, and corruption-means that
reducing bureaucratic burdens may be
necessary to level the playing field with
students from other regions.



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Global Spotlight: Iran
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Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
Feature: Mental Health: At Home and Abroad
Feature: The Faces of International Education
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
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