The Counselor for Public Affairs at the United States Embassy in Nigeria, Adnan Siddiqi, announced that in 2022, approximately N23.2 billion in financial assistance and scholarships were awarded to Nigerian students studying in the United States.
Siddiqi made this revelation during the commencement of the 22nd annual U.S. Embassy and Education USA College Fair, known as EducationUSA.
He emphasized that these scholarships and financial aid were specifically provided to students who had received guidance from EducationUSA.
Additionally, he highlighted that the fair serves as a valuable resource for individuals seeking information about pursuing higher education in the USA and exploring various career paths.
He said, “In the past year alone, nearly $30 million (23.2 billion naira) in financial aid and scholarships were granted to students advised by EducationUSA.”
The counselor also revealed that Mission Nigeria granted more than 9,000 student visas in the previous year, marking an impressive 405.3% surge in visa approvals.
Following Texas, the leading states where Nigerian students choose to study include Illinois, New York, Georgia, and Massachusetts.
Currently, there are at least 14,400 Nigerian students pursuing education in U.S. institutions, as stated by Siddiqi. These students are enrolled in 973 different institutions, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Furthermore, he emphasized that Nigeria sends a greater number of students to the United States than any other African nation.
Siddiqi who was quoting a recent report said, “It is worth noting that Nigeria sends more students to the United States than any other African country.
“According to the latest data available, over 14,400 students are currently pursuing their studies in over 973 institutions, spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia. And if you are curious about the most popular state, it is none other than Texas.”
“Our annual college fairs have played a pivotal role in boosting the number of outstanding applicants to U.S. institutions, as well as in securing additional financial aid and scholarship opportunities for Nigerian students.
“Many of those students attend a diverse range of institutions in the United States, from small liberal arts private colleges to large state universities.”
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