IEW2020 - NAFSA Economic Value Tool

JBI produced the data analysis for NAFSA's 2020 Economic Value Tool.

Fast Facts:

  • a decline of almost 2% in the number of overall international students (1,075,496; which includes those on optional practical training), the first time that figure has dipped since the 2005-2006 academic year;

  • a reduction in the number of jobs created/supported, on average, by international students: for every 8 international students, 3 U.S. jobs are created/supported. In previous years, 3 jobs were created/supported by just 7 international students; and

  • the total number of jobs created/supported (415,996) by international students declined by 42,294 (9.2%) from last year;

  • the dollar impact of COVID-19 on the economic contributions of international students was $1.17 billion, and,

  • new international student enrollment declined for the fourth straight year.

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