The University’s Bursar office is now enforcing a policy requiring all students to be up to date on their current balances or they will not be allowed to continue attending classes. Of those affected, an estimated 18 of them are international students who rely on their student status in order to remain in the United States. If their bursar account is not paid in full by this Friday, the international students must leave the United States or face deportation.
OU Nightly reporter Tori Johnson sat down with one of the international students affected by this policy. Her face is not being shown because she fears deportation.
The student shared with OU Nightly that had she been notified months prior to Friday’s deadline that she could apply for an international loan to cover the outstanding balance. An international loan can take up to three months for approval, leaving her out of options to cover the balance by the Friday deadline.