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California State U. Has No Plans to Reduce Tuition With Online Classes Only

California State U. Has No Plans to Reduce Tuition With Online Classes Only

“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”

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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My college has always charged the same tuition for online classes as for face-to-face ones. And we didn’t lack for the students to sign up for them. It’s interesting that now students are concerned about quality.

healthguyfsu | May 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

I wouldn’t expect tuition to change. You pay tuition for instructional content. Online delivery is usually not discounted (the savings come in the form of not having to live on campus).

Fees, on the other hand, it depends which ones you are talking about…some of them should definitely be waived.

IMO, the California State University system is going to receive a remedial lesson in market expectations and it’s relationship to pricing. Any item or service priced beyond what the market will pay won’t sell.

Will some students pay? Sure those close to graduation will put up with it to retain the branding cachet of CAL. The current sophomores and freshmen, not to mention next year’s class of freshmen? Likely to be a drop off in willingness to pay full freight for online delivery.

healthguyfsu | May 26, 2020 at 10:10 pm

Dems and their media puppets are going to need noise cancelling headphones to pretend not to notice Biden’s gaffes along the way.

Oh, yes – Online classes are the best possible learning experience CSULA can provide for grad students like me, in my Speech & Language Pathology program!

In fact, I think it will save even more money if we diagnose people with speech impairments over the phone. No need to actually be there!

Students must continue to line the pockets of crooked college and university administrators–that is what they climbed the slimy pole for.

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