Supporting a degree student in Venezuela

I have been approached to help support a young man in Venezuela.
I have been told he graduated summer 2016 with a bachelor's degree in a science subject, the education was free.
He says he has been awarded a second 4 year degree course in a similar science subject but at the University at Coro.
I have two questions if anyone can offer any advice for me.
Firstly, I know education is free in Venezuela but is it really possible for a young person to graduate with bachelor's at age 23, and then one year later, at age 24, begin a second 4 year bachelor's degree and still have that second degree course free from the government?
Secondly, the course in question is Biomedical Engineering at the university in Coro.  Allegedly, he went to register in September and was told that particular course had been cancelled for first year students but would begin, instead, in January 2018 (losing just the first semester.  I have made efforts to contact the university (not speaking Spanish did not help) and I have sent numerous emails and left messages on two Facebook pages for that univeristy - in English and Spanish with Google translation.  I have not received a response from any so I turn to the people on this forum for assistance.
Although I do not have much money myself, the small amounts required to help support this young man would certainly not break the bank, as it were.  He has asked for payments to be made to his PayPal account but PayPal are unable to assist me with the validity of that account.  As you can imagine, I do not wish to be the victim of a scam when my little bit of money could actually help someone genuine.

this is a scam. 
Obvious because of the lack of communication from the universities.
Whilst the amount seems small to you, if they scam only 50 other people it then becomes a great deal of money.
My call would be to forget it and keep your money.

That is beginning to be my thought also and I am very surprised at no response from the University since it is the main one in Coro.  Sadly, being around 3,000 miles away and not speaking Spanish, I could not really telephone.  Thank you for you reply, it is appreciated.

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