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Wyoming is the Most Affordable US State for International Students

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The mountainous western state of Wyoming has been ranked as the most cost-effective US state for international students, according to a report published by Finder.com using research from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The report found Wyoming’s 1,157 international students spend an average of US$19,015 each per year on their education and living expenses – less than half what they’d spend in one of the more expensive states.

Offering the least expensive education and living costs, Wyoming is the second most sparsely populated state in the US after Alaska, home to an estimated 586,107 people – less than many US cities.

Interestingly, the list of the top 10 most affordable states includes four of Wyoming’s neighboring states: South Dakota, Utah, Idaho and Nebraska, as seen in the table below:

Most cost effective states for international students

State

No. of international students

Total spent per student

1. Wyoming

1,157

$19,015

2. South Dakota

1,981

$19,132

3. North Dakota

2,571

$21,198

4. Mississippi

3,533

$22,106

5. Texas

82,184

$23,119

6. Utah

8,302

$23,259

7. Kansas

10,351

$23,882

8. New Mexico

3,767

$24,210

9. Idaho

4,501

$24,928

10. Nebraska

5,910

$25,110

 

Over one million international students are currently studying in the US, over 31% of which are from China, while other top countries of origin include India, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

Unfortunately there’s a slight catch - university options in Wyoming are relatively limited, with only one public four-year university, the University of Wyoming, which is based in the city of Laramie. There’s also the private Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, while state capital Cheyenne hosts a branch of the for-profit University of Phoenix.

A broader range of higher education institutions can be found in Texas – the second-largest state both in area and population, which ranks fifth for cost-effectiveness. Texas’ largest city, Houston, was a new entry in the QS Best Student Cities index this year at 92nd and offers lower living costs than many other large US cities.

Most expensive US states

At the other end of the scale, Finder.com also found that international students in Vermont have the most expensive education in the US, with the average student paying $43,925 in 2016.

According to their study, the top five most expensive states for international students are:

State

No. of international students

Total per student

Vermont

1,712

$43,925

Rhode Island

5,409

$40,211

District of Columbia

11,120

$39,397

Massachusetts

59,436

$38,697

Maine

1,396

$38,395

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Written by Sabrina Collier
Sabrina is a content writer for TopUniversities.com, providing guidance on a wide range of topics. A graduate of Aberystwyth University, Sabrina is originally from the West Midlands but now lives in London. 

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