- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Michigan (AP) - Federal officials have affirmed a ruling that cut Pell grants to a Jewish college in suburban Detroit after finding that almost 2,000 students lived full-time in Israel and weren’t taking classes through the school.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Education restated its position in a letter Friday to the Michigan Jewish Institute following an appeal by the school.

School officials had denied the allegations of fraud.

Colleges typically apply the grants toward student tuition and fees.

The Michigan Jewish Institute tells the Free Press in a statement that school officials “are disappointed and saddened with the department’s overall decision and regret the devastating affects it may have on thousands of MJI students.”

The private, 4-year college is in West Bloomfield Township.

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