“Brendan Mullican, a former student at Sam Houston State, served in the Navy for four years, including in the Middle East during the 2003 Iraq War. Mullican, the first in his family to go to college, used the GI Bill to pay for classes that earned him a bachelor’s degree in 2013. Mullican got a job, but his employer said that if he wanted to move up in the company, he needed additional accounting courses. Determined to get a better-paying job, Mullican continued taking classes while he was working. He kept track of his bills, which showed a balance of zero after three semesters, when he stopped taking classes. A year later, he got a bill from the university for $9,760.”

Read the full story at NBC News here and at Hechinger Report here.