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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 28% 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 Students3,531

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 5.5 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 Education3,531
Economic Contributions of International Students in the State$126.6 million
Jobs Supported by International Students in the State1,525
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 STEM Workers Who Are First-Generation Immigrants10.3%
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

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 (NAE) and international students (NAFSA).

State Policies

Evaluating Access for Undocumented 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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

  • Policy

    Rethinking Tuition for Undocumented Students Through ITAs

    The report examines whether inter-state tuition agreements can expand access to higher education for undocumented students.

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  • Effective Practice

    Higher Ed Guide to Tuition, Financial Aid, & Other Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

    An overview of in-state tuition, state aid, and other funding opportunities for undocumented students.

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