OMAHA, Neb. – A 24-year-old Nebraska woman is fighting a fundamentalist Christian college that's insisting she repay $6,000 in federal loans and grants because she didn't complete her final semester after she was expelled because of a lesbian relationship.
Grace University insists that Danielle Powell owes the money to cover federal grants and loans that, by law, must be repaid to the federal government. School officials declined to discuss specifics of the case, citing federal student privacy laws.
Powell says scholarships covered her tuition and that federal loans wouldn't need to be repaid in that amount. She also notes she was kicked out despite undergoing months of counseling and spiritual training insisted upon by the school after she was suspended shortly before she was set to graduate in 2011.