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FAMU law students: Crist! Help!



Cars are being repossessed. Landlords are threatening evictions. Bill collectors are sending nasty letters. Deadbeats getting what they deserve? In this case the deadbeats are FAMU law students waiting on financial aid checks. A couple of them got so frustrated they fired off notes to Gov. Charlie Crist last month, according to e-mails obtained by The Gradebook this week through a records request.

One student says he was writing from home, where he was marooned after waking up to find his truck had been repossessed: "After learning that my truck had indeed been repossessed, and not stolen, I called Sallie Mae, the loan servicing company, and they informed me that the money should have been sent to me six weeks ago, when they dispersed it to the school. I have met with the financial aid officer day after day to reconcile any problems there may have been on my end of the disbursement and have done everything I can to ensure I received payments in time to meet my obligations and debts. Instead I sit writing you instead of sitting in class where I should be because of FAMU’s inaction, ineptitude, and complacency."

"This is my career, my potential, and my future the FAMU Law administrators have taken so lightly and I, along with many of my fellow classmates, fear that this lethargy will be the end of our dreams."

WFTV in Orlando covered the story here.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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