Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 6, 2013

Fact Check: Foreign students aren't taking all money

College students “who are NOT U.S. Citizens and who get the PELL Grant” plan to return to their home countries after getting free gas cards and child care.

Chain email on Thursday, March 28.

Email from “a Florida teacher” says Dominican student takes free school aid before returning home

Did you hear the one about foreign students ripping off the U.S. by getting federal grants to go to college and then ditching our country to return home?

The chain email from “a Florida teacher” arrived in our inbox March 28, . It reads:

“This is a subject close to my heart. Do you know that we have adult students at the school where I teach who are not U.S. Citizens and who get the PELL Grant, which is a federal grant (no payback required) plus other federal grants to go to school?

“One student from the Dominican Republic told me that she didn’t want me to find a job for her after she finished my program, because she was getting housing from our housing department and she was getting a PELL Grant which paid for her total tuition and books, plus money left over.”

The email also stated that this Dominican student accessed other special programs that supplied her with a credit card for gas and another to pay for daycare. The email continued:

“The one student I just mentioned told me she was not going to be a U.S. citizen because she plans to return to the Dominican Republic someday and that she ‘loves her country.’ I asked her if she felt guilty taking what the U.S. is giving her and then not even bothering to become a citizen and she told me that it doesn’t bother her, because that is what the money is there for!”

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