Because of the competition for full-pay international students, however, the reality is that significantly increasing international representation at many institutions means attracting students who need assistance. Internationals who require financial aid are not eligible for federal or state funds, so any aid that is provided will need to come from institutional resources. Furthermore, it is very difficult to accurately assess the need of international students. Most institutions simply use the family’s statement of what they can provide as the expected family contribution, rather than attempting to calculate an EFC. As a result, needy international students often are discounted at a much higher level than needy U.S. citizens....
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