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COVID-19 and Student Mobility: American Perspective on Impact

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 16 June 31 2020

September 2020

NAFSA has conducted and published its NAFSA Financial Impact Survey, based on a survey between April 7 and 14 among senior international education officials at (mainly) American HE institutions. The title already gives away the difference in focus between EAIE and NAFSA. The NAFSA publication estimates current losses in revenue at almost 1 000 million dollar and adds an estimated 638 million dollar in extra expenses (financial support due to the pandemic). Projections into the future lead to an overall estimate of 3 000 million dollar loss for the Fall 2020 semester. The impact on employment is expressed in reduced staff budget. Almost 67% of responding universities estimate staff budget reductions between $ 50 000 and $ 500 000 dollars. A small group of nearly 6% expects staff budget reductions between half a million and two million dollars.
Like with the EAIE survey, there is no mention – in terms of estimated costs or expected revenues (and employment) – of the rapid and massive increase of on-line education and on-line recruitment as a result of the pandemic.

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