If I received a scholarship to grad school and the terms under which I accepted said, "...will be valid for the duration

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Customer: If I received a scholarship to grad school and the terms under which I accepted said, "...will be valid for the duration of the program as long as students maintain the terms of eligibility" and I have maintained all terms of eligibility, is the school able to revoke the scholarship without due cause?
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Customer: Arizona
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Welcome and thank you for using Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I'm the attorney who will be assisting with your legal question. So I can best help, did anything in the scholarship letter say it could be revoked at any time?

Customer
No, the only fine print was this...
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Customer attachment 8/18/2022 9:13:24 PM
Customer
They have now changed the fine print to read this which feels incredibly deceptive to me
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For the scholarship, the award was for the length of your program?

Customer
Correct
Customer
It says "This scholarship is available to a limited number of students and will be valid for the duration of the program as long as students maintain the terms of eligibility."
Customer
Which includes maintaining a certain GPA and being admitted at a particular time, both of which I met
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Elizabeth, Expert

Which means if they do take it away for no reason, you could argue it's a breach of the contract.

Customer
Okay, so I would have legal grounds to pursue this then?
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Elizabeth, Expert

You would. There's also things like promissory estoppel, because would you have chosen that school if you knew they could just take your scholarship?

Customer
Absolutely not
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I accepted admission based on the receipt of the scholarship
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Which creates another potential claim because they used it to get you to attend and then took it away.

Customer
Okay perfect. So I have at least three grounds to threaten legal action
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Elizabeth, Expert

Yup!

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Wonderful. Thank you so much for your help
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You're very welcome!

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