Rachel Canning, teen who sued parents for tuition, gets $56K scholarship

April 2, 2014 10:05:31 AM PDT
Turns out the 18-year-old New Jersey high school cheerleader who sued her parents for college tuition won't need all that money after all.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Rachel Canning posted on her Facebook page Saturday that she will attend Western New England University on a $56,000 scholarship.

The Facebook post has since been removed from public view. A Western New England spokesman confirmed to the newspaper that Canning was accepted into the school.

Canning dropped her lawsuit last month after a judge shot down her request for living expenses. She has since moved back in with her parents.

Rachel Canning, 18, claimed her parents threw her out and were making her foot the bill for college. Her dad said it was not true.

"We're being sued by our own child," said dad Sean Canning in early March. "I am dumbfounded, so is my wife and other daughters."

His daughter Rachel is a senior at Morris Catholic High School in New Jersey. In court papers, she alleged her parents abandoned her when she turned 18 and refused to pay for her to go to college despite the fact she'd gotten acceptance letters from several universities. Her father told a different story.

"I know Rachel is A. a good kid and B. an incredibly rebellious teen, and she's getting some terrible information," Sean Canning said.

He claims she ran away in November because she didn't want to follow house rules.

"It is very few rules," Sean Canning said. "There are minor chores, curfews. When I say curfew it is after 11 o'clock at night."

Rachel Canning stayed with her best friend's family in Rockaway, New Jersey - attorney and freeholder John Inglesino. He funded the lawsuit, saying at the time it was the only way the bright and focused teen will be able to go to a college appropriate for her to become a biomedical engineer. Rachel also had a $20,000 scholarship offer to the University of Vermont, a private college, which she initially said was her first choice.

"We have a college fund available, but it is the equivalent of shopping at a high-end and sending us the bill," Sean Canning said.

Rachel says she didn't run away but was given the option of dumping her boyfriend or getting out.

"Me and my wife are distraught," Sean Canning said.

Rachel Canning asked the court not to emancipate her because under the law a parent has an obligation support their children if they can't stand on their own financially. The parents also refused to pay for the rest of her Catholic high school education.

"There privileges to living in my house... living under our roof," Sean Canning said.

Canning is a retired police chief who said like many other American households, his household has rules.


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