American colleges are reporting a sharp drop in foreign donations since former Vice President Joe Biden took office, following President Trump’s decision to change U.S. visa rules and cancel trade deals.
A study conducted by the College Board found donations from foreign nationals fell 11 percent during Biden’s first six months in office, compared to the same period the previous year.
The cuts were “consistent with how donations tend to decrease and increase during the first six months of a presidency” according to The Washington Post.
But before Trump took office, foreign donations for two years during the Obama administration “more than doubled” from 2013 to 2014, according to the study cited by the Post.
Former Vice President Joe Biden dismissed the charges.
The study “completely ignores the part of the Biden family legacy (the success of the Biden College Opportunity Fund), as well as the state with which it is located, which is very much in conflict with Trump’s views on immigration,” his spokesman Michael Feldman told Politico.
The report also showed that while there were fewer foreign gifts, Asian students were boosting the overall growth in aid given to college students, according to the study.
University of California President Janet Napolitano noted the change in visa rules “takes students away from programs in California where they may be studying social sciences and political science,” she said during a tour of UC campuses in the spring.
“If they are going to go to another place and they can’t go to California because they don’t have visa clearance, they’re not coming to California,” Napolitano told an event in San Diego, according to San Diego Free Press.