10.10.2021 Our Impact After FIJ’s Story, French University Refunds Nigerian’s Tuition Withheld for Two Years

Published 10th Oct, 2021

By Tola Owoyele

After nearly two years of deliberately holding on to a Nigerian’s tuition fee, Ecole de Commerce de Lyon (ECL), a university in Lyon, France, has finally made a refund to him.

The refund was made on October 8, eight days after FIJ reported the case. Olamide Folawole, the Nigerian, had sent over 70 messages requesting for his tuition to be refunded, but had been ignored by the school.

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In 2019, the ECL’s offer of provisional admission to Folawole to study an MBA programme had come with a requirement that he paid part of the school’s €6,000 tuition.

Email Folawole received from ECL.

Part of the condition that was also given by the school was that €570, being the admission fee, was non-refundable.

To satisfy this condition, the Nigerian decided to make an initial payment of €2,000.

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He would however be denied visa twice by the French Embassy in Lagos, and this led to him requesting that €1,430, being what was left of the initial payment he made, be refunded to him.

From December 2019 to September 2021, Folawole got no positive response from the school, and this got him very frustrated.

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“After the story was made public, I received a mail from someone from the school’s Account Unit on October 7,” Folawole told FIJ.

“The person, who did not state his or her name, apologised for the inconvenience the non-payment has caused, and requested that I send my account details again.”

Payment made by ECL to Folawole

On October 8, the school sent a proof of payment to him showing that a wire transfer had been made to the account details he provided.

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“I am so happy that after being ignored for 22 months, my money has finally been refunded,” a delighted Folawole told FIJ.

Published 10th Oct, 2021

By Tola Owoyele


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