The answer is to cope with state budget cuts.
The number of international students at U.S. colleges exceeded 1 million for the first time last year.
When public colleges are strapped for cash, they turn to international students to fill the void.
Why State Colleges are Luring International StudentsWhy State Colleges are Luring International Students
For every 10% drop in the level of funding states provided to their public universities between 1996 and 2012, public research universities increased their enrollment of foreign students by 12% and the colleges that spend the most on their students boosted international enrollment by 17%.
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