Weekly News Round-Up: June 8, 2023

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By Shorelight Team
Published on June 8, 2023

Each week the Shorelight team rounds up trusted headlines on the latest in international education and all things impacting students and universities.

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One In Every Five ‘US Student Visas’ In 2022 Issued In India

Recent data from HolonIQ and Shorelight predict that India will far outpace Chin over the next seven years. Our biggest challenge with this increase is US operations in India being able to meet the demand. Our team has been meeting and discussing this issue with Higher education trade associations, lawmakers, and the Department of State. 

″‘One out of every 5 US student visas were issued here in India in 2022. One out of five in the world which is more than the proportion of the India population in the world. So, Indians have not only pursued an education in the United States but for decades have shown their excellence in the United States and we are on track to process the highest number of visas in our history,’ Ambassador Garcetti said.”

Get the full story on ANI >

Legislating An Honest Look At College Cost

For several years, there has been a push to improve FAFSA and to provide students with more information on the real costs of financial aid. Congress has attempted to address the issue however, in Ohio, they have created legislation aimed at providing more transparency and education. This could be something more states pursue.

Ohio House Bill 27,which passed by a vote of 88 to 1 Thursday, would require public colleges and universities in the state to send admitted students who qualify for financial aid a one-page ‘financial cost and aid disclosure form’ in their aid packets. The form would offer a full breakdown of the net cost of a degree, including the expected duration of the student’s financial aid package, a clear definition of grants versus loans, and the minimum monthly loan payments required of the student after graduating. It would also mandate that institutions share with admitted students postgraduation data on outcomes.”

Get the full story on Inside Higher Ed >

America First Legal Files Supreme Court Brief on Behalf of Senators Cruz, Lee, Cotton, Braun, and Britt Urging the Court to Prevent the Biden Administration from Continuing to Harm American Workers

Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected arguments from the Washtech workers that the regulations governing the Optional Practical Training program exceeded DHS’s authority. 

Now Washtech is asking the US Supreme Court to weigh in. Programs such as OPT and CPT are sought after by large numbers of international students and allow them to work in the US temporarily. Having the opportunity for some post-graduation work experience is a primary factor international students consider when deciding where to study abroad. In 2019, five schools from the Shorelight network joined over 100 other schools in support of OPT and CPT, as did many other organizations citing the economic benefit. Most recently, several Republican members of Congress have filed amicus briefs to SCOTUS in support of Washtech and eliminating the programs.

“Yesterday, America First Legal (AFL) filed a brief in the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of Senators Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (UT), Tom Cotton (AR), Mike Braun (IN), and Katie Boyd Britt (AL) in the case Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. Department of Homeland Security, et al. urging the Court to overturn a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy that benefits corporate employers and foreign nationals, while harming American workers.”

Read the full press release here >