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University claiming payment for outstanding balance not paid by sponsor

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asked on Sep 13, 2016 at 16:56
by   hanimdin
Hello
I was sponsored to study a 3-year course starting in 2000, but one year later, the government decided that my subject should have at least 4 years training.  My sponsor thus offered my to choose whether I'd like to study for 3.5 years for which I will get full allowance until graduation or to finish in 4 years which I will not get allowance for the last 6 months (basically they will only pay allowance for 3.5 years no matter what my choice is).  My tuition fees will still be paid for.  I opted for 4 years.  Then I served my sponsor the duration of service term as stated in the revised agreement.

Last week, a debt collector contacted my parents' house asking that I pay RM1,000+ outstanding studies loan.  I only got to know this during the weekend and immediately contacted the agent via text message.  I mentioned that I was sponsored.

This morning, the agent called and said that the outstanding balance must be due to my sponsor not paying the fees.  I was asked to liaise directly with the university to clarify.

I have not contacted the university because my colleague, a legal consultant, advised that I'd better liaise with my sponsor -- she was there when the agent called so she heard the conversation.  She advised that I should get all documents from my sponsor, etc.

So who should I contact now?  Also, considering the timeline, does the university has the rights to demand any payment from me if my sponsor does not pay?  Worst case scenario is the sponsoring company has deleted or destroyed my documents since the last correspondence was 12 years ago when I reported for duty -- the company's document retention is 7-9 years.

Please advise.  Thank you.
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answered on Sep 14, 2016 at 23:58
by   Oreo
If you already have a legal consultant colleague giving us advise, why are you asking in a forum whereby the forumers could be anyone? You have bad relationship with your this so called legal consultant colleague or you dont trust him? 
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answered on Sep 20, 2016 at 19:50
by   hanimdin
Hi Oreo, I just realised I missed another sentence from the story.  Of course I trust the legal consultant but I also have received other opinions from people with legal background too. So I'm confused.
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answered on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:24
by   Oreo
Oh Dear

None of us here got legal background
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