06.17.133:15 PM ET

College Expels Lesbian Student

And demands tuition payment for unfinished semester.

Danielle Powell, a student at the conservative Christian Grace University in Omaha, Neb., was expelled during her senior year for being a lesbian and then billed $6,000 for failing to finish the semester. As the Associated Press reports, after Powell admitted to falling in love with a woman, she submitted to months of counseling and spiritual training at the school, but was kicked out anyway because administrators didn’t believe she’d changed. According to Grace University, the $6,000 she was charged was for federal loans and grants that needed to be repaid since she’d left school without graduating. The U.S. Department of Education, however, denies that federal rules require her to pay back the money. Ken Upton, an attorney at Lambda Legal, told the AP that it’s not uncommon for gay and lesbian students to be expelled from religious schools, but that Powell’s case is unusual because the college is “demanding payback. We don’t see that very often. Usually, the school’s just glad to be rid of them.”