By Emily Levesque, Emily Giammarco, David Zalubowski and Emily St. GeorgeAssociated PressStaff WriterAssociated PressBOULDER, Colo.
(AP) A Boulder-area student is suing the state for $6.3 million after she said she was a “deadbeat” on student loans for two years and was ordered to pay back nearly $6,000.
A spokeswoman for the Boulder-based University of Colorado, the university’s student loan servicer, said in a statement that the university was “not aware of the allegations in the lawsuit.”
The Boulder-Cary State University student, who declined to be identified because of her legal obligation, is seeking $6 million for her medical expenses and her lost wages, as well as her medical bills for her surgeries and mental health.
The Boulder Independent reported the lawsuit Thursday in federal court.
The university has paid about $1.4 million to student loan borrowers in the past two years.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado, said the lawsuit was filed in January and the lawsuit is the result of an administrative process involving an arbitrator.
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett says the suit was filed without a jury and the arbitrator made an independent decision.
A spokesman for the University of Texas at Austin, the state’s flagship university, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit was part of an ongoing class-action lawsuit filed in the U.K. last year against lenders who allow borrowers to opt out of having their student loans serviced by the U-T’s federal and state programs.