Schools are already panicking over finances, but you can’t blame the students for doing this.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Students Turn to Courts for Refunds

“Are you a college student who was forced to leave campus? You may be entitled to compensation,” a notice on announces.

The website was created by a law firm currently capitalizing on the growing anger and activism by students — and indignant parents, too — who believe they’re owed partial tuition and fee refunds for semesters cut short, courses moved online and off-campus, and unused housing and meal plans, among other disruptions that occurred at colleges and universities across the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The advertisement by the Anastopoulo Law Firm, which has offices throughout South Carolina, appears to have struck a chord. It is currently representing students in three class action lawsuits filed in the last two weeks against Drexel University, University of Miami and the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado, as calls from students for tuition and fee refunds grow stronger.

The lawsuits claim that online classes don’t have equal value to in-person classes and are not worth the tuition that students paid for on-campus classes. The lawsuits also contend that the decision by these institutions to use pass/fail grading systems this semester have diminished the value of the degrees they offer. The lawsuits claim they represent thousands of students enrolled at the universities.


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