Rachel Canning, teen who sued parents, picks college

Rachel Canning attends a hearing at the Morris County Courthouse on March 4.

Rachel Canning, the New Jersey high school senior who made national headlines after suing her parents last month, has chosen a college.

The 18-year-old Canning announced on her Facebook page in a public post Saturday that she plans to attend Western New England University as a biomedical engineering major on a $56,000 scholarship.

“Decision made. WNE U class of 2018 BME Major w/ 56,000$ scholarship,” read the Facebook post. The post had more than 145 likes before it was removed or restricted to the public at about 1:30 p.M. Tuesday.

A Western New England spokesman on Tuesday confirmed to the Daily Record that Canning was accepted into the private school in Massachusetts.

The university did not disclose the scholarship amount, citing federal privacy laws, according to an e-mail from Western New England University to USA TODAY Network.

“Western New England University routinely offers merit scholarships to incoming freshmen based on academic achievement. … These merit scholarships can total between $22,000 and $66,000 over the course of four years,” said Barbara Moffatt, spokeswoman for the university, in an e-mailed statement.

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One year of tuition at the school for an undergraduate engineering student is $32,606, and room and board is an additional $12,700, according to the university’s website.

Canning sued her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning of Lincoln Park, for child support and college costs, filing a lawsuit on Feb. 24 in Superior Court in Morristown, N.J.

After the judge denied Canning’s claim for immediate assistance on March 4, she moved back in with her parents March 11, and dropped her lawsuit the following day.

Contributing: Jolie Lee, USA TODAY Network.

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