MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - More than two dozen students are suing Alabama State University.
The federal complaint filed on behalf of more than 30 Nigerian students claims ASU absorbed finances allocated to the students by the Nigerian government.
Instead of refunding the students what they didn't use, the university allegedly kept the excess money.
"The Nigerian government paid a whole bunch of money, well over a million dollars, for their educations here, and it specified that the money not only go for tuition, which Alabama State is taking that, but also some extra monies that were supposed to go to them for living expenses, and these living expenses amounted to money that was supposed to go to them directly in pocket for expenses that they encountered," Attorney Julian McPhillips said.
The suit asks the court to order ASU to pay back the students what they're owed.
"We went as far as asking our government to give us authorization for them to release the funds to us, which they did. On several occasions they wrote two letters, which ASU bluntly declined," said Success Jumbo, one of the plaintiffs.