CRIPPLING college fees threaten to stump a South African cricketer's dream of studying in Huddersfield.
Louis Aspeling, an all-rounder in the summer with Thongsbridge, has had to find thousands of pounds to fund his BTEC in sport at Huddersfield Technical College.
Despite working 20 hours a week in his first year, Louis scraped together just £1,500 towards lesson costs of £3,700. Now, he has to repay the shortfall of £2,200 before being allowed to start his second, and final, year.
Hearing of his plight, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman is appealing to anyone who knows of a way to find the cash so Louis can rejoin his coursemates as quickly as possible.
"Here is a fine cricketer, a fine sportsman who's tremendously valued by staff and students and I'm appealing for any help we can find from local foundations and trusts so he can pay for his fees," said Mr Sheerman.
"If we can find the money now he can go straight back to college."
He will meet Louis tomorrow.
Louis moved to England from Griqualand in South Africa.
As well as great performances on the field, he coaches and runs junior session for Thongsbridge.
Because Louis's grandmother is Spanish, he is trying to apply for EU citizenship. That would mean his fees came into line with those paid by his course mates.
Fellow students have pleaded that Louis be allowed to carry on.
Writing to the college's acting principal Geoff Higgs, they demanded his fees be reconsidered.
They said the figure was a barrier to learning and Louis was not being given the same chance as British students.
But college chiefs are adamant the South African all-rounder must stump up.
They say Louis has now agreed to pay back £200 a month for his first year and will be allowed to restart in Autumn 2004. He will then have to find a further £3,700.
Geoff Higgs explained Louis knew the total course fees were £8,400 before joining.
The college reduced the total by £1,000 as a goodwill gesture, meaning that Louis had to find £7,400.