This is happening as schools across the country are already panicking about finances.

CBS News in Chicago reports:

University Of Chicago Students Say They Won’t Pay Tuition Unless It’s Slashed In Half Due To COVID-19 Crisis

University of Chicago students say they won’t pay their tuition unless the administration slashes it in half.

An empty campus has students worried about empty pockets. Tuition is expected to stay the same even as the COVID-19 crisis cancels in person classes and student activities and financial losses set in.

“Currently, I’m dipping into my savings,” said Luis Rubio.

More than 1,000 students have signed a petition demanding a slash of spring tuition in half and stoppage of fees, among other requests. They want it to last until the end of the crisis.

Rubio and Anna Attie=, now roommates in quarantine off campus, are putting effort into the new group UChicago for Fair Tuition. Rubio, a sophomore, said changes like virtual learning come at a cost he and others shouldn’t have to pay.

“It’s difficult for a lot of students that need resources that are here on campus,” Rubio said.

Students say the university has the means to take a cut. University of Chicago Tuition clocks in at almost $57,000 a year. The school also boasts and $8.2 billion endowment on its website.

“I understand the university is probably having to make some financial arrangements that are different and adapting to this crisis, but the university will recover and many students will not,” Attie said.


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