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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the recruitment of foreign students by U.S. colleges and universities and the controls over foreign students in the United States. GAO work focused on determining the current situation regarding foreign students, efforts made to resolve problems previously identified by GAO, and the status of criminal investigations now underway.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Education The Secretary of Education should review the information disclosed by the investigations now being conducted by the Alien Student Loan and Grant Fraud Project. If this review shows that the problem of foreign students fraudulently receiving federal financial aid is widespread, the Secretary should require each applicant for student aid to submit proof of citizenship or residency to the institution in which he or she is enrolled.
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