Trump administration reviewing foreign money to US colleges

The U.S. Education Department is opening investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as the Trump administration increases its scrutiny of international money flowing to American colleges.

Letters sent to the schools Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press accuse the schools of failing to report gifts and contracts tied to their branch campuses in Qatar. Investigators also are demanding years of records related to funding from sources in China, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Georgetown officials say they take their reporting obligations seriously. There was no immediate comment from Texas A&M officials.

Federal law requires colleges to report gifts or contracts with any foreign source amounting to $250,000 or more. Some lawmakers say the Education Department has failed to enforce the rule.

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