BARNESVILLE, Ga. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A homeless teenager found sleeping in a tent outside a Georgia college after biking six hours to get there is receiving an outpouring of help and support from across the country.

CBS2 reported security officers discovered 19-year-old Fred Barley on Gordon State College campus last weekend.

Barley told officers that he rode his little brother’s bicycle more than 50 miles from Conyers to Barnesville to register for classes. He planned to stay there until the dorms opened in August.

Instead of ticketing Barley for trespassing, the officers put him in a motel room.

Word of Barley’s story traveled fast. He was offered a job at a local pizza shop.

Barnesville resident Casey Blaney set up a GoFundMe page for Barley, which had raised more than $150,000 as of Saturday afternoon.

The student is now living on campus like any other student.

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