Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Over 30 years ago, Congress enacted Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) in light of concerns about the growing financial relationship between U.S. universities and foreign sources. Congress balanced academic freedom and national security by mandating financial transparency through required reporting of contracts with and gifts from a foreign source that, alone or combined, are valued at $250,000 or more in a calendar year.

Summary of Findings

Event: "No Strings Attached? Tracing Foreign Funding in U.S. Higher Education"

Gifts and Contracts Involving Foreign Sources

Information Collection

Notices of Investigation and Records Requests

Related Material


Questions and Comments

If you have questions about the Department's Section 117 efforts or information you wish to provide on related issues, please send to: or

U.S. Department of Education
Office of the General Counsel
Attn: HEA Section 117 Reporting
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202

Last Modified: 03/11/2022