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Angry Undergrads Are Suing
Colleges for Billions in Refunds

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 5/2/2020 9:27:47 AM

College students, kicked off campus by the coronavirus, have a new extracurricular activity: litigation. U.S. undergraduates have sued more than 50 schools, demanding partial tuition, room-and-board and fee refunds after they shut down. To justify annual prices that can top $70,000 a year, colleges have long advertised their on-campus experience, including close contact with professors and peers who will become a lifelong network. Now, millions of students are instead studying online. Many of the suits are seeking compensation for the difference in value between the virtual and in-person experience. Plaintiffs include Grainger Rickenbaker, a freshman majoring in real estate management


The 'campus experience' never was worth tens of thousands of dollars/year anyways.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Quigley 5/2/2020 9:38:52 AM (No. 398357)
Thing’s a mess. Imagine having all those buildings and no one using them or paying for them. A guy who was thoughtful once told me that the world is 30 days away from insolvency at all times. It’s been 30+ half days (half the country working). It’s a mess.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq 5/2/2020 10:01:45 AM (No. 398403)
Better call Saul. The cup of bitterness is not pleasant. Hopefully our nation is purged of the liars in high places.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Peach1 5/2/2020 10:03:31 AM (No. 398405)
I’ve been wondering about the portion of our property taxes that funds schools. Shouldn’t we all get a refund for that?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: HotRod 5/2/2020 10:04:45 AM (No. 398409)
Payment for services rendered is demanded. Therefore, refunds for services NOT rendered is only fair! Except for certain disciplines that require specialized facilities, such as laboratories or other things not possible from home, Universities have shown that online learning is acceptable. Women's studies? Social Science? History? All those kinds of studies can be done from home. No expensive buildings, classrooms, furniture, or additional staff required.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Anti_democRAT 5/2/2020 10:36:46 AM (No. 398445)
seems fair to me. the virus was not the schools fault but they paid in advance for a service not provided. full refund with loss of credits earned for that period or asses some kind of pro rate for the reduced service received with credits if the student completed the new requirements
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Skeptical1 5/2/2020 10:38:10 AM (No. 398448)
Tuition and fees account for only 20% to 30% of their revenues. Stanford Medicine is giving its employees a 20% pay cut due to loss of revenue from the shutdown. It seems only fair and symmetric for universities to take a haircut and refund tuition and fees. The enrolled students' loss is, to be honest, total; but for the colleges, a 20% or 30% shortfall should be manageable.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: anniebc 5/2/2020 11:35:08 AM (No. 398507)
I hope they sue most of them out of business. The colleges must be crap. It seems that if the students thought more highly of the schools and what they really offered, they might not sue.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: voxpopuli 5/2/2020 11:36:13 AM (No. 398508)
take away ALL pay from these communist teecherz.. finally gonna be shown for what they're worth.. nothing
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 5/2/2020 12:01:13 PM (No. 398543)
Sounds about right.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: jacksin5 5/2/2020 12:03:16 PM (No. 398547)
This will turn into a massive class-action lawsuit, where only the lawyers profit.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 5/2/2020 12:11:43 PM (No. 398556)
Gee, guess tele-education isn't working so well. Can't do lab work without a lab. A successful education is usually a reflection of how much effort is put in it, but tele-education has issues.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: msjena 5/2/2020 12:16:10 PM (No. 398561)
Why does someone need to go to college to learn about real estate management?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 5/2/2020 12:35:27 PM (No. 398590)
On-line "ecucation" is a mighty poor substitute for the in-the-classroom, face-to-face experience.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: starboard 5/2/2020 6:44:01 PM (No. 398835)
A college education is the biggest rip off in this country.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 5/4/2020 11:41:15 AM (No. 400414)
They are all VICTIMS!!! They will be for the rest of their miserable lives. I would NEVER hire a soy boy or any Millenial... I'd opt for an older worker with experience and a sense of pride that hasn't been stripped from them the moment they were allowed birth from their Overprotective Mother's womb! Most were ripped out and their body parts sold...
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