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State Data

Higher education in the U.S. benefits from the participation of immigrant and international students. First and second-generation individuals comprise 31% of all students enrolled in higher education, a growing figure that underscores the importance of immigrant-origin students in the classroom and our workforce.

All Students in Higher Education in New Hampshire161,000
First-Generation Immigrant Students4,000
Second-Generation Immigrant Students4,000
International Students2,942

Note: First-generation immigrants were born abroad and immigrated to the U.S. Second-generation immigrants are U.S.-born individuals with at least one immigrant parent. First-generation immigrants include undocumented immigrants. First-generation immigrants do not include international students on a visa.

International students comprise only 4 percent of all students in higher education, but provide significant economic, academic and cultural contributions that enrich learning, enrollment and funding opportunities for American students.

International Students in Higher Education2,942
Economic Contributions of International Students in the State$121.2 million
Jobs Supported by International Students in the State1,314
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Participants499

Note: Optional Practical Training participants are a subgroup of international students.

Immigrant residents, including undocumented immigrants and DACA-eligible residents, play an important role in the state's economy, contributing spending power and paying federal, state, and local taxes.

All Immigrant Residents in New Hampshire87,055
Immigrant Share of Total Population6.4%
Undocumented Immigrants in State14,660

Note: DACA-eligible residents are a sub-group of undocumented immigrant residents.

Higher education helps prepare all students, including immigrant and international students, to fill critical career and skills needs.

State Immigrant Workers Fill Critical Skills Needs
Share of Nurses Who Are First-Generation Immigrants4.9%
Share of Health Aides Who Are First-Generation Immigrants11.3%
First-Generation Immigrant Faculty and Staff in Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools2,858
Share of First-Generation Immigrants With a Postsecondary Credential59%

Note: First-generation immigrants were born abroad and immigrated to the U.S.

You can find additional state data, including by congressional district, in the following resources by immigrant population (AIC) and international students (NAFSA).

State Policies

Evaluating Access for Undocumented & Refugee Students

State policies in four key areas – in state tuition, state financial aid, professional and occupational licensure, and driver licenses – play an important role in expanding access to higher education and workforce development for undocumented students. The section below on in-state tuition also includes policies related to refugee students.

  • In-State Tuition & State Financial Aid Access and Affordability

    Restrictive: Policies actively bar access to in-state tuition or state financial aid for the state's undocumented students, including DACA recipients.

  • Professional & Occupational Licensure Workforce Entry & Eligibility

    No State Policy: No policies identified that actively expand access to occupational licensure for individuals who do not have legal immigration status.

  • Driver Licenses & Identification Mobility

    Restrictive: Policies do not provide the state's undocumented residents with access to driver licenses and state identification, but DACA recipients can still obtain a driver's license or state identification card.

Enacted Policies

New Hampshire prohibits undocumented residents, including DACA recipients, from accessing in-state tuition.

The state does not appear to have statewide legislation that extends state financial aid, occupational and professional licensure, or driver licenses and state identification to undocumented residents.

In-State Tuition

New Hampshire House Bill (H.B.) 1383, signed into law on June 18, 2012, effectively requires undocumented students, including DACA recipients, to pay out-of-state tuition.

The bill requires students to sign an affidavit certifying their legal status in order to access in-state tuition.

Refugee In-State Tuition: New Hampshire does not appear to have state policies that expand access to in-state tuition to the state’s refugee students. Policies may vary by institution.

State Financial Aid

New Hampshire does not appear to have policies regarding access to state financial aid for undocumented students.

Professional & Occupational Licensure

New Hampshire does not appear to have policies that affirmatively extend occupational and professional licensure to undocumented immigrants, including DACA recipients.

New Hampshire Professional Licensure Requirements & Business Registration

To learn more about the licensure & business registration requirements, review TheDream.US & Immigrant Finance Resource GuideThe information in the guide is based on outreach to the state’s specific licensing boards from April to July 2023 and is subject to change. To get up to date information on licensure application requirements, individuals should verify this information with the licensing board.

Driver Licenses

Undocumented immigrants in New Hampshire do not have access to a driver license or state identification card.

DACA recipients in New Hampshire are allowed to obtain a driver license or state identification card.

Effective Practices and State Resources

Spotlight on effective practices and policy, research, or community-based state resources.

  • Research

    Immigrant-Origin Students in U.S. Higher Education (Updated August 2023)

    The report’s findings reveal the growing proportion of first and second generation immigrant students in postsecondary education, the diversity of these students, and their importance for future U.S. labor growth.

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  • Research

    Report: Higher Education and Success for Undocumented Students Start with 9 Key Criteria

    Higher Education is the key to achieving social & economic mobility in the U.S. The Education Trust analyzed 9 criteria in the 15 states with the largest shares of undocumented college students to determine whether state policies are helping or hurting undocumented students’ ability to access & complete college.

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  • Policy

    Undocumented Students and Access to Inter-State Tuition Agreements (ITAs): Fact Sheet

    This fact sheet answers key questions related to undocumented students and their eligibility for inter-state tuition agreements (ITAs), which offer students who would otherwise be charged out-of-state tuition access to an in-state tuition rate or a discounted tuition rate in a participating state.

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