You need to have a local employment attorney review the agreement. Even if there was no requirement that you receive a degree, there may have been a term that requires you to pay your employer back if you quit your job within a certain period of time. This type of term is common, because employers want to protect their investment. It all depends on what the agreement says. You can search for an attorney on Avvo or contact the National Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.
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In most states, the employer cannot deduct debts from your last paycheck unless you give written permission. Check with a TX lawyer and the TX labor board. If your written agreement does not authorize the deduction, then why allow them to do what the law will not permit?
Again, I am in CA and not licensed to practice in TX. Check with a TX lawyer.
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