First Lawsuit is Filed as Colleges Refuse Refunds
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone in the country and around the world in some way. Many people have been forced to work from home (if they still have a job) and schools are closed. That includes colleges, which have switched to online classes.
But those college students college students have had to quickly make living arrangements. Many of them are also borrowing money. Even though students will no longer be living on campus, utilizing campus amenities or service or eating in the school cafeteria, many colleges and universities are not offering any refunds for tuition or room and board.
Some schools, like Harvard, Tufts, and Duke, have said that they would refund (or partially refund) room and board. But many other schools are not going to be offering a similar refund. Georgetown College in Kentucky for example told students in an email that it “is not in a financial position to offer any rebates on housing or meal plans”.
Tuition is expensive. The lowest prices are for public school for in-state students, who normally have to pay just over $10K per school year. Price more than doubles for out-of-state students and then private universities get way more expensive. At Columbia University in New York for example, students spent an average of $57, 208 per year in 2019.
The Education Department has issued some guidance to schools regarding the coronavirus impact. But it is still up to individual schools to issue refunds.
A group of students filed a class action lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents, alleging that their room and board fees should have been refunded after the school closed, Top Class Actions reports. This lawsuit affects students at Northern Arizona University, Arizona State, and the University of Arizona. More lawsuits will surely follow all around the country.