Classrooms on some college campuses may be sitting empty this semester, but that is not stopping schools from charging not only tuition but also fees related directly to the coronavirus pandemic.
Students who are participating in remote learning are petitioning their future alma maters to have the fees waived for the new school year.
Fees at Rutgers have been reduced but not eliminated, petition organizers said.
The university has approved a 15% fee reduction, officials said on the school’s website.
At the Univesity of North Carolina, 40,000 people have petitioned to have housing costs refunded.
The school announced there would be no in-person classes at UNC-Chapel Hill, USA Today reported. The school had reopened but was in session only one week.
Some colleges and universities already offered discounts for the 2020-21 school year but most are not, the Times found.
What is surprising some students are additional fees at other universities for the start of the year.
Some schools are passing on to students the costs of screening for the coronavirus and adjusting campus facilities to prevent the spread of the virus, the Times reported.
The fees run the gamut from $50 to hundreds of dollars. For example, the University of Michigan tacked on a $50 a term coronavirus fee, while Merrimack College in Massachusetts is charging $475 per semester for each student attending class in person, the Times reported.
Merrimack College officials said on the school’s website that the fee is temporary:
© 2020 Cox Media Group