About 25 percent of the student population at Kentucky State University are being forced out of their studies because of nonpayment on tuition and room and board bills—that’s 654 KSU students kicked out while tuition keeps going up.
Students were able to re-enroll into school without paying previous bills, and “broken policies” are to blame at the Black college, according to interim Kentucky State president Raymond Burse.
KSU interim president Raymond Burse: “When I was in school, you were not in school until you had met all of your obligations, until you had done all of your enrollment things and had paid your financial obligation.”
African-American students rely on student loans more than any other racial groups, and owe 22 percent more in loans, according to recent reports.
Did you know? U.S. student loan debt has reached $1 trillion, which surpasses both credit card and auto loan debt. That’s ridiculous.
“Re-tweet if you think Congress should help rein in the burden of student loan debt,” POTUS Barack Obama tweeted on his account last Wednesday.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 3, 2014
Mr. Burse, who was widely applauded when he announced the $90,000 cutting in his yearly salary to pay university workers more, said dropping a quarter of its students saves the university from a record high $7 million deficit at the historically black university.
“We’re getting to the point where we have to make tough decisions,” Burse told the Washington Post, but, “From the students that I’ve heard from, they understand their fellow students have to meet their obligations.”
“The institution cannot afford to carry them,” he said.