The majority of international students studying in the United States are originally from China and India, totaling 350,755 students and 186,267 students, respectively in the 2016/17 school year. In 2016/17, there were over 391,124 international graduate students , which accounted for almost half the international students in the country. Typically, business and management programs and engineering were among the most common fields of study for these students. The United States is home to many world-renowned schools, most notably, the Ivy League Colleges which provide education that is sought after by both foreign and local students.
Foreign students in the United States pay some of the highest fees in the United States, with an average of 24,914 U.S. dollars. American students attending a college in New England paid an average of 12,990 U.S. dollars for tuition alone and there were about 62,926 international students in Massachusetts . Among high-income families, U.S. students paid an average of 33,260 U.S. dollars for college, whereas the average for all U.S. families reached only 23,688 U.S. dollars. Typically, 34 percent of families paid for college tuition through parent income and savings, while 30 percent relied on grants and scholarships.