EB5 Affiliate Network is now offering a FREE international student guidebook specifically for students from Trinidad and Tobago: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Trinidad and Tobago.
Our user-friendly guide will show prospective students how to navigate every step of the college process including finding the right institution, applying to universities, and the student visa process. The informative guide also gives invaluable advice on everything from U.S. medical care and banking to how to have an everyday conversation with an American. You will find document and packing lists to check off every step of the way, so you will never find yourself without the required documentation. It even breaks down key differences between the cultures of America and Trinidad and Tobago.
The number of students coming from Trinidad and Tobago to study in the United States is increasing every year. Our guide will make the process more streamlined and straightforward than ever before. Receiving a degree from a world-renowned American university is not just a previously thought unattainable dream; it is a reality for thousands of students from Trinidad and Tobago. With this free guide from EB5 Affiliate Network, we can help make your dream come true.
Background on International Students From Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the top Caribbean countries for the number of students receiving a college or university education in the United States.
The number of Trinidadian and Tobagonian students enrolled in U.S. higher education is higher than almost all other countries in the Caribbean including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Barbados. According to the Institute of International Education, there were approximately 1,272 students from Trinidad and Tobago enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions during the 2019/2020 school year. Among all Caribbean nations, only Jamaica and the Bahamas had more students in the United States than Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Presence in the Global Economy
As of 2021, the population of Trinidad and Tobago was estimated at 1,221,047. Trinidad and Tobago is the most developed nation and one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean. The southernmost island country in the Caribbean, it is known for its fossil-fuel wealth. Oil and gas account for about 40% of GDP and 80% of exports but only 5% of the workforce. Unlike other Caribbean nations and territories where tourism is the top industry, the Trinidadian and Tobagonian economy is primarily industrial.
The Trend of Students From Trinidad and Tobago Studying Abroad in the United States
With a population just over 1.2 million, an estimated 1,272 students are currently studying in the United States which accounts for about 0.001042% of the Trinidadian and Tobagonian population.
The number of students from Trinidad and Tobago enrolled has remained relatively high despite a significant expansion in higher education opportunities available on the island as well as online educational opportunities through higher learning platforms including Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in the capital city, Port of Spain, are even attracting their own international students from all over the Caribbean.
There is still one significant problem impacting the growth of international students from Trinidad and Tobago receiving a U.S. education and that is the cost of a U.S. education which has increased substantially over the past 20 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. university tuition has increased 500% since 1987. And the number of international students attending U.S. universities skyrocketed 85% from 2005 to 2015.
The average cost of a four-year undergraduate degree from a state college or university in the United States ranges from $22K per year for a public university to $50K for a private university. Both public and private institutions on average charge between 3-4 times tuition for international students compared to U.S. permanent residents (Green Card holders) and citizens.
The Path to Lower Tuition Costs for International Students from Trinidad and Tobago
With permanent residency (Green Card) status conferred by an EB-5 immigrant visa, international students from Trinidad and Tobago can see the cost of their U.S. education drastically decrease from the international tuition rates to the local “in-state” rates at both public and private universities.
Permanent residency (Green Card) status also provides Trinidadian and Tobagonian students with substantially higher admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs as well as more access to select scholarship awards and grants.
Students from Trinidad and Tobago should never give up their dream of receiving a world-class education in the United States. If they decide to apply for an EB-5 visa, EB5 Affiliate Network can help to make that dream come true.