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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 05:36 AM

Bend community college sues VA over $3.2 million bill for military vet flight school students

A Bend-based community college is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs claiming the federal agency wrongly billed them $3.2 million in overpaid tuition, housing and books for veteran students in the college’s aviation program.

Central Oregon Community College alleges the federal agency failed to adequately explain why it was owed the money and has ignored the college’s repeated attempts to challenge the bill.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Eugene on Friday.

College officials are asking a judge to throw out the federal agency’s $3.2 million bill because they claim it violates the school’s constitutional rights to due process. The college wants the judge to prohibit the agency from collecting any money until the college’s claims are heard in an appeals process.

“They have been unresponsive to our questions and unwilling to explain their decisions,” Alicia Moore, the community college’s vice president of student affairs, said in a statement. “Going to court to file this complaint is our only option.”

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2020/04/bend-community-college-sues-va-over-32-million-bill-for-military-vet-flight-school-students.html

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