“We want our tuition to reflect the way our education is being experienced now”
Students and parents should have been demanding tuition cuts before now. The price of college is completely out of control.
With classroom time reduced, U.S. college students demand tuition cuts
Full-time students at Chicago’s Columbia College spend $14,000 a year for professional, hands-on training in dance, film and music that the school normally offers in studios and classrooms scattered across the city’s South Loop and Near South Side.
When the coronavirus pandemic led the school to move some coursework online this summer without reducing tuition, many students, including Isaiah Moore, cried foul.
A television and cultural studies major, Moore now leads a group of students holding campus demonstrations, circulating a petition and meeting with school officials in the hopes of a tuition cut and more transparency in the college’s finances.
“We want our tuition to reflect the way our education is being experienced now,” said the 21-year-old from New Jersey. “This is the time we need more unprecedented solutions to unprecedented problems.”
Moore is one of a growing number of U.S. college students pushing for their schools to cut tuition and fees because of reduced in-person classroom time and less access to on-campus resources.
The sky-rocketing cost of post-secondary education is a perennial issue in the United States. It intensified this spring when U.S. colleges and universities, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, canceled classes and shut down campuses. Dozens of students filed lawsuits asking courts to force schools to issue refunds.
With two-thirds of American colleges moving at least some of their fall classes online, students have become more vocal in their objections, saying they are not getting the education they purchased.
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