Gay Student Expelled From College, Billed for Scholarships

Months away from Danielle Powell's graduation, Grace University in Omaha, Neb., booted her for her lesbian relationship, then sent her a bill for her scholarships.

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Danielle Powell and partner Michelle Rogers in Nebraska (Huffington Post Live)

When Danielle Powell fell in love with her female partner, she knew her sexuality wasn't welcome at Omaha, Neb.'s Grace University, but she didn't expect to be expelled.

However, months away from graduation, Powell was asked to leave the school and was then sent a bill to repay her school loans and scholarships, reports the Daily News.

Powell said she was working at a civil rights foundation in Mississippi to finish her psychology degree when she was called back to Grace University in Omaha and confronted about the relationship. She was eventually expelled -- then sent a bill for $6,000 to reimburse what the school said were federal loans and grants that needed to be repaid because she didn't finish the semester.

Powell is now fighting the Omaha school, arguing that her tuition was covered by scholarships and that federal loans wouldn't need to be repaid in that amount. She also notes she was kicked out even after undergoing months of counseling, spiritual training and mentoring insisted upon by the school following her initial suspension.

Read more at the Daily News.

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