College students suing universities for tuition reimbursement, rent coverage amid coronavirus
College students are attempting to recover tuition and costs after coronavirus shut down schools. FOX Business’ Gerri Willis with more.
More than 1,400 Columbia University students are threatening to withhold their tuition payments next semester, claiming the "exorbitant" fees are exacerbating their financial hardships in the midst of the coronavirus-related economic downturn.
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Collectively, they have signed a petition calling on school leaders to "alleviate the economic burden on students" by reducing the cost of attendance by 10% while also increasing financial aid by 10%.
Students are also pushing for officials to offer grants in replace of the school's work-study program so students will "automatically" be given that portion of their financial aid rather than paying it off through "work-study, summer jobs, or other means," according to the petition.
CORONAVIRUS-AFFECTED COLUMBIA, PACE STUDENTS SUE FOR TUITION, HOUSING COSTS
Tuition rates alone, which amount to over $30,000 per semester, "constitute a significant source of financial hardship during this economic depression," organizers wrote, adding that the Ivy League school in New York City is one of the most expensive universities in the nation.
However, school officials confirmed to FOX Business that undergraduate tuition this year was frozen in response to the pandemic and remains at $58,920 for the 2020–2021 academic year.