My boyfriend was served papers yesterday for his college tuition fee. He paid his remaining balance for his tuition at the end of the semester and he was told he was all paid up. We never received any bills from the school in the mail. My boyfriend and I moved out of the dorms and into a house, and the school only has the dorm address on file. I'm not sure how they found our current address. The fee is over $1800, and we cannot afford a lawyer. The papers were given to a friend that lives with us (Our friend happened to go out to his car at the same time the lawyer showed up.) The lawyer did not knock on our door and gave the papers (NOT in a sealed envelope) to our friend. Isn't this illegal? the packet of papers contained my boyfriend's bill from the school what he owed. FERPA is to protect the privacy of students educational records, INCLUDING financial aid application forms and records pertaining to the student. Did the school or their lawyer break the law by doing this? We also have friends that have proof of some of the employees in the financial aid department taking pictures with their phones of students information on their computers. What should we do to resolve this?
It probably wasn't a lawyer who served your friend, but a special process server. It doesn't sound like anything the process server did was illegal, based on what you described. I'm sure your boyfriend is very upset by getting served, but he's going to have to find an attorney to represent him or be prepared to deal with the issue in court. If you have not received any bills but you are already getting sued, you may want to consult with a debt collection defense attorney to determine if any debt collection laws were broken.
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