Can I pay Mehr from the money my to-be-wife owes me?

Can I pay Mehr from the money my to-be-wife owes me?Category: RelationshipsCan I pay Mehr from the money my to-be-wife owes me?
Mohammed asked 5 years ago

Assalamualaikum,
I have a question about some money I lent to a friend of mine. I gave her about 20,000 US Dollars for her studies (my parents and her parents are aware of this).
In sha Allah I will ask my parents to talk to hers and ask them if they can marry their daughter to me. I don’t want to wait till she repays all my money as it may take a long time.
Can I convert the money that she owes me as Mehr?
Thank you in advance for answering my question.
Jazak Allah Khair