There's no better time for any student who wants to study in America to begin making plans and begin preparation to do so.
U.S. colleges are hurting right now. They have an array of problems that are quite daunting.
1. International and 'out-of-state' students pay more
First, their current students are suing them to get back tuition that was paid for 'in class' lectures. Most colleges and universities are providing online classes. However, the quality of these classes are not viewed the same as physical face to face (students and professors) classes by students. They want a partial refund for not being able to look at their professors face to face and getting the full benefit of what the institution has to offer. This has soured their attitudes toward such school.
It is widely know that international students pay more to attend a school than their many of their American counterparts. Of course, at state schools, in-state tuition (students who live with a specific state) is much less than any out-of-state students. For example, a student who chooses to go to Oklahoma University, but lives in Texas or from China, will pay the same out-of-state tuition. I know this first hand because my daughter did it just a few years ago. Her Asian classmates paid the same tuition rate as she did as an out-of-state student.
Private colleges are a little different. Though some schools report that there are increased costs to attend their school for international students, it is marginally different than an American student. In state schools, out-of-state students can pay up to 3 times more than an in-state student.
American colleges love international students because they pay more. The increase in tuition for international and other out-of-state students offsets the costs associated with operating the university or college.
The second thing that students who want to study in America need to consider right now is,
2. The college entrance exams are disappearing in many popular schools.
I've provided classes for SAT and ACT preparation for several years now in China. These exams are the American version of the Chinese gaokao exam. They assist schools in assessing who is fit for their school. However, the nine schools of the University of California system is suspending SAT or ACT exams requirements until 2024 and eliminating it for in-state students in 2025. These are highly popular schools. Colleges across America are follwing suit.
Even though my students average 1530 (out of 1600) on the SAT and 110 (out of 120) on TOEFL exams, it is good news that they likely won't have to face these entrance exams in the future. American colleges are going to a more holistic approach for admissions requirements which include GPA, personal essay and an interview with other possible requirements. Some colleges/universities will possible administer their own entrance exams in the future.
The third thing for non-American students who want to study there to consider is,
3. Less American students are returning to college/university
Recent surveys have shown that less and less American high schools students are planning to attend college. This makes it easier for international students to get into better schools.
All in all, there is a positive side to what is happening now for the benefit of international students who want to study in America. Now is a good time to seriously consider this option. Things will likely be back to normal (somewhat) within the next year. If President Trump isn't re-elected, then, the restrictions for student visas will also quite likely be relaxed making it easier for international students.