Expecting students to keep paying the same price for a vastly different experience seems a little tone deaf.

The College Fix reports:

California State University: ‘no plans to reduce’ fall tuition despite keeping classes online

The nearly 500,000 students enrolled in the California State University system’s 23 campuses should expect to pay full price for tuition this fall.

A spokeswoman for the system told The College Fix via email that tuition is expected to remain at the regular price despite the system’s decision to remain virtual for the fall 2020 semester.

“There are no plans to reduce tuition and campus-based mandatory fees at this time,” said CSU spokeswoman Toni Molle. “One of the benefits of announcing our planning now is to allow for additional professional development opportunities for faculty and staff over the summer which lead to the best possible learning experience that we can provide for students.”

Earlier in May, the system announced it would conduct online classes for its students for the upcoming fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The system will allow a handful of exceptions, such as for science and medical classes for which students need lab space, or some arts and theater courses. Courses for athletes are also still under consideration as some campus leaders try to salvage their fall sports programs.

The CSU decision comes despite numerous surveys taken during the coronavirus lockdown that have found that students do not believe online classes are equivalent to in-person ones.


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