Reduce Pepperdine University's Tuition for Remote Classes 2020-2021

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Pepperdine University will raise tuition for the 2020-2021 school year by $1050 per semester (12-18 units) despite being (almost completely) online for the Fall Undergraduate tuition, according to Pepperdine’s website. 

Due to COVID-19, Pepperdine, like many other universities, has switched to a mainly remote system to mitigate the spread of the virus. However, they are failing to recognize that just because we have a "world class education" does not mean that remote learning is a substitute for in-class learning and other on-campus services. What we pay for as part of our tuition is to be taught by a professor in a class setting where we can actively engage, ask questions, and interact with our peers. How could the current decision made not impact tuition if we cannot utilize resources to the fullest extent? If there are strains on the university’s ability to pay for expenses, why should students have to pay full price? 

In the midst of a global pandemic, the economic pressures placed on many families has made it more difficult to pay for college. Pepperdine’s tuition hike is not only tone deaf, but cruel. How does Pepperdine expect students to pay higher costs for a lower quality education. The assumption that staying home means students are able to afford a more expensive education is wrong and unfair. 

Pepperdine University must recognize this disparity and understand that remote education does not deem the same tuition costs as in-person education. Pepperdine must rectify this issue by ordering a tuition cut of some sort to make up for the lack of educational engagement and additional resources that would be received if in-person just like they did during the Summer of 2020. To support student enrollment during Summer Session I, II and lll, Seaver College provided all students who completed an online course or courses a credit of $805. Why can’t this credit be applied under the same circumstances as this Fall (online/remote) semester? Circumstances are EXACTLY the same.

Trying to accommodate by providing students with more online services is not nearly the same as the experience we would have in-person. Just because we still have access to the same professors and the same material does not mean that the overall experience is equivalent to the price of in-person education. Many students have an extra difficult time learning remotely and do not reap any benefits. So why are we still being asked to pay the same amount as if everything's the same?  Our tuition is what funds the school and allows Pepperdine to offer us what they do. However, since those resources are not being used to their fullest advantage and capacity, why is Pepperdine asking for the full price for services that will not be used in normal or full capacity?

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