An international student who has attended Utah State University is seeking more than $400,000 in damages from the university, alleging he was denied student aid he had been promised.

Attorneys for Bosire Mosi, formerly known as Kennedy Bosire Magasi, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court earlier this week.Mosi, a citizen of Kenya, was offered $6,000 a year by USU, according to court documents. Contingent on the agreement, Mosi decided to attend the university to study dairy science. He did not receive the financial support, the lawsuit alleges.

"As a result of the defendant's actions, (Mosi) has been unable to receive his degree because his tuition has not been paid in full, and has been unable to find career employment for two years," according to the complaint.

Mosi alleges he has lost his legal status as an international student because he did not receive the financial assistance and could not register as a full-time student.

He seeks restoration of his status as an international student as well as damages "representing lost employment from the time (Mosi) should have received his diploma."

In an interview, Mosi said he wants his international student status reinstated so he can attend another university.

USU counsel Craig Simper said Wednesday that the university had not yet been served with the lawsuit. "We will refer it to the Attorney General's Office. Otherwise, we cannot comment on existing litigation," he said.