Saturday, February 18, 2017
RICHMOND, Virginia -- A Richmond mother says her son was promised free college tuition. Then she says Grambling State University in Louisiana pulled the rug from underneath him.
Jessie Bell says it’s all based on a letter she and her son received from the school. Grambling State says they misunderstood.
GSU claims it was a partial scholarship offer and "a good deal for any student attending a four-year university."
Jessie Bell says Grambling State University dangled free tuition and snatched it back when she and her son showed up for move-in day.
Fighting back tears, Jessie Bell calls what happened a damaging financial setback to her family and her son Jaylaan.
"I think it's fraud, and I think they should be held accountable because we stopped looking," said Jessie Bell. "The bigger problem is we stopped looking and we could have had better offers."
The Maggie Walker Governor's school graduate is 16 hours away in Louisiana attending Grambling State University - but not on the scholarship his mom believes he was promised. Jessie Bell says the switch came upon arrival.