Illinois community college plans to boost foreign recruiting

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois community college plans to increase its recruitment of higher-paying international students.

Rick Pearce is vice president for learning and student success at Heartland Community College in Normal. He says the school plans to add to existing efforts to draw international students.

According to The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Heartland has had a number of international programs over the years but draws only a handful of students.

School trustees have talked recently about adding to staff to help with foreign recruiting. The school also plans to consult with foreign recruiters.

Pearce points out that international students pay about $10,000 in annual tuition. That’s about three times what local students pay.

Colleges and universities across the country have looked to international students to increase revenue in recent years.