FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky State University has allowed students to spread out payments for tuition, fees and fines. But
administrators say some students aren't meeting the repayment schedule,
so they'll be thrown out if they don't meet their requirements Friday.
Cincinnati's Diamond Hammonds counts on more than $20,000 in scholarships and grants to cover her quest for a degree in psychology at Kentucky State University.
"But I still owe $7,000," she said Thursday. "I didn't even know my name was on the list to be kicked out until two days ago."
Hammonds and an unconfirmed number of KSU's student body must start paying by Friday. Otherwise, KSU administrators have vowed that they will be disenrolled and kicked out of their dormitories for the spring semester that began last Saturday.
KSU President Dr. Mary Evans Sias was unavailable for questions Thursday, according to University spokesperson Felicia Lewis. Lewis refused an on-camera interview, claiming she lacked access to information.
"It was ‘all hands on deck situation' today; we're trying to help students," Lewis said. The cashier's office remained open about half-an-hour past its scheduled closing time Thursday evening.
KSU may be the only state-supported university in the Commonwealth that doesn't require students to pay all of their tuition and fees up-front, said Sue Patrick, communications director for the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.
The new Student Balanced Required Payment Schedule (formerly the Thorobred plan) establishes set percentages for repayment, depending upon the amount a student owes.
Amount to be Repaid By January 17
$1,300 (in four payments)
$1,500 (in four payments)
$1,700 (in four payments
$1,500 +20% of balance
$2,000 + 30% balance
"I think they're gonna go through with it," Hammonds said. "I don't think they play games."
A KSU brochure states that the payment plan "should serve to keep student balances as manageable as possible."
Hammonds would need to pony up $2,900 to remain a KSU Thorobred.
"I told my Mom she has to come get me," Hammonds said. "She's really upset, but she has to come get me cause they're gonna lock my key and I'll have nowhere to sleep."
She's adamant this spring semester will be her last at the college.
"This will be my last semester here at Kentucky State," Hammonds said. "I've had enough. I plan on transferring this fall."
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