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TSU Student Government Helps Peers Stay In School

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Time has run out for students at Tennessee State to settle their accounts and be fully enrolled in the University.

Dimetrius James Jr. was still $5,000 to $10,000 short on Friday with the 4:30 p.m. deadline looming.

"I don't have a rich family so that wasn't really an option for me," James said about finding the outstanding funds. "But I did have the people that I had to talk to that gave me options about what to do and stuff like that."

Without the money, the St. Louis native would be forced out of the University.

"I was very concerned. Being that I'm an out of state student than if you were from Tennessee it would be a little easier," he said.

"We would like to present our University with $17,000 to help students continue to stay enrolled in our University," Student Government President DeVonte Johnson said during a press conference.

In the eleventh hour the Student Government Association (SGA) stepped in, donating money generated from student fees.

"Instead of having a concert or inviting an artist to campus, they would rather see their fellow students stay in school," University President Dr. Glenda Glover said.

Getting into college is hard, but staying in can be even more difficult.

"So today we actually saved…70 (to) 75 students and they will be able to attend the University fully enrolled," Johnson explained.

"I'm good, I'm good," James said. "See I had to wipe the sweat off my face. I'm good though."

Now money won't stand in his way of completing his Junior year.

"Thank you very much," James said. "I appreciate it to the utmost. I can't even explain it."

Even with the help, more than 600 students are on the list to leave the University because they can't pay the tuition.

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