With over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, there is no wonder that nearly 1 million international students attended U.S. schools last year. With so many schools to choose from, students must narrow their decision down to a few key considerations; none are more important than how much it costs.

Some colleges or universities offer incredible opportunities to international students, but if the price isn't right, these students, like all others, are forced to look elsewhere for cheaper options. This is where financial aid comes in.

At the Student Loan Report, we dedicate much of our time to educating students on financial aid, especially on student loans. With higher education becoming more expensive, this initiative becomes much more important as more students rely on financial aid each year, especially for students from outside the country who don't have the same knowledge as American students. 

With this in mind, we decided to educate international students on which colleges offer them the most help. Using Peterson's Financial Aid Data set-2015, we determined which public colleges awarded international students the most financial aid. In this publication and data set, financial aid refers to any need-based and non-need-based aid from colleges, private third-party organizations, state governments, or the federal government. Some common examples of this aid would be a grant, scholarship, private student loan, or non-federal work-study program.

Below is a table of the top 150 public colleges that awarded International Students Financial Aid. Schools were ranked highest to lowest in terms of average financial aid per international student. All data was self-reported by each individual college according to Peterson's.

Top 150 Public Colleges that Give International Students Financial Aid