Foreign students could be forced to leave U.S. if colleges move online

Driving the news: Foreign students who are already in the U.S. or those hoping to come to the country on a student visa will not be allowed to take a full course load online, according to ICE.

Students can transfer to schools offering in-person options or else leave the U.S. and take online classes in their home country. Otherwise, they could face deportation.

“[S]chools like Harvard wouldn’t lose tuition from students forced to leave the United States. Students could ‘attend’ classes virtually—in their home country,” Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council, tweeted. “But if the choice is stay at Harvard or leave the US… many will choose to transfer.”