Higher Education: The Cost of the Travel Ban

Higher Education: The Cost of the Travel Ban

The White House’s suspension of those traveling to the U.S. from seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen) is temporary, and will (supposedly) be lifted after 90 days. Many are wary though, with such an unpredictable president and White House staff, that this may become a continuing problem. Many of those affected by the Executive Order are college students and professors, meaning that many U.S. universities are impacted by the Order. Even if it remains temporary, the ban has potential for negative economic repercussions; if it were to remain in effect, the consequences could be extreme for higher education institutions and the economy in the United States.

According to student visa data analyzed by College Factual, a higher education research firm, colleges in the U.S. would lose approximately $700 million per year without students from those seven countries. Another study found that in the 2014-2015 school year alone, international students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy. Many are concerned of the message that this recent order has sent to families abroad who had planned on attending college in the U.S., which may cause international student rates to drop. In 2015, 16,000 students at U.S. universities were from the countries singled out by the ban.

To learn more about the effects of the recent order, follow the links below.


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