In its annual Economic Impact Statements, The National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) recently estimated that foreign students and their dependents contributed approximately $18.78 billion to the U.S. economy during 2009/2010 academic year. That figure represents the amount of money foreign students brings to the United States to support their education, including tuition figures and living expenses.
According to the NAFSA report, Clayton State University’s foreign students contributed $1,441,000 to the economy during the 2009/2010 academic year. However, the NAFSA report actually under-represents Clayton State’s international student population during the 2009/2010 academic year. According to figures compiled by the Clayton State Office of Institutional Research, the University had 97 international students from 39 countries (the United Kingdom had the most – 11) in the fall of 2009, whereas the NAFSA report only lists 57 such students. Thus, a more accurate economic impact figure for Clayton State’s 2009/2010 international students would be closer to $2.5 million.