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N.J. Teen Who Sued Parents May Be Heading to College in Western Mass.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A New Jersey teenager, who filed a lawsuit against her parents for college tuition, is reportedly to attend Western New England University.

The Asbury Park Press reports that on Saturday, Rachel Canning announced on Facebook that she would be attending the Springfield university.

According to the paper, Canning explained, “Decision made. WNE U class of 2018 BME Major w/ 56,000$ scholarship.”

That Facebook post has since been removed from public view.

A March 30th Tweet, seemingly Canning’s, also echoes the message.

Western New England spokesperson Brian Zelasko told ABC40 that the school could not “comment on the status of any prospective student”, citing “federal privacy laws” regarding prospective or current applicants for admission.

The news spread fast on campus.

“I  mean, that’s kind of ridiculous that she got such a scholarship to come here. As long she doesn’t cause problems here, it shouldn’t be a problem. It doesn’t sit right with me because I feel it wasn’t an academic scholarship she may have deserved. There might be other reasons for it, but I don’t think that’s fair,” Freshman Erin Carroll stated.

“It’s a great school. I mean, it’s a good opportunity for her,” said Sophomore Jeff Fellion.

Canning gained notoriety late last year, moving out, suing her parents for child support, and college tuition.

Last month, she dropped the suit after moving back in with her parents.

Opinions were loud and clear on Western New England University’s Facebook page.

“I think people are blowing it out of proportion. I personally hope she can take a joke about it because when you’re coming here with a bunch of college students, they’ll kind of rag on you for it. So if you can’t take a joke, she’ll probably be in trouble,” Devin Ryan stated.

Word has it that if Canning did attend WNEU, she would live at Commonwealth Hall. Students say it’s one of the nicer freshman dorms. The school isn’t saying much, because federal law prohibits colleges and universities from commenting on applicants.

With regards to the reported scholarship, speaking generally, Zelasko adds, “To be clear, Western New England University routinely offers merit scholarships to incoming freshmen based on academic achievement. These scholarships range from $5,500 to $16,500 annually and are renewable for four years – as long as a student continually meets certain academic benchmarks. Therefore, these merit scholarships can total between $22,000 and $66,000 over the course of four years. These scholarships are awarded to all incoming freshmen who meet the academic criteria, independent of financial need.”

According to this chart on their website, Canning could have likely qualified for the Merit Scholarship, if her GPA ranged anywhere from 3.0-3.6

We might get a clearer picture next month. Tuition deposits are due May 1st.

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