Saint Mary's University Should Reduce Tuition Price to Match Covid-19 Education Quality

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Saint Mary's University and other post-secondary institutions in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada should reduce their base tuition cost and eliminate the cost of amenities if their classes are online. A lower price would make the reduced interaction within classes acceptable and would allow students to accept the loss of otherwise essential and necessary experiences. Some of the losses that should be considered are the Homburg Centre, Dauphinee Centre, the Student Union Building, and the Patrick Power Library Building, etc. All of these are essential to the university's tuition cost. Many students will not find the online classes accessible because of financial limitations and the inability to access the web from public sources due to the COVID-19 social distancing policies. Furthermore, the format of 'only online' classes will not educate all students in a way that addresses their needs equally. For the university to not acknowledge this concrete condition of university life, and its impact on the value of their education, is exploitative of students. So, we call on you to reduce the tuition cost of the 2020-2021 academic year by 15-20% effective immediately!