Petition to decrease online school tuition at University of Toronto during COVID

Petition to decrease online school tuition at University of Toronto during COVID

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Hello everyone!

The COVID pandemic has greatly affected students' educational and financial experiences. Many students lost their jobs due to the pandemic and their families have been experiencing additional financial burdens. Some students and their families have been required to take time off work to self-isolate, and lost significant sources of income. COVID-19 has greatly impacted Canada's vulnerable populations and expensive tuition fees contribute to systematic barriers in our community. 

University of Toronto is one of Canada's most internationally recognized and expensive universities. Students across the country and North America feel that online classes are not worth full tuition price. Students in other universities are taking action to advocate for their learning and financial needs. For example, students at Columbia University launched a strike to reduce tuition fees by 10%. As well there have been several lawsuits against universities to reduce tuition fees. 

Although the University of Toronto campus has been closed and students do not have access to many campus services, these institutional changes have not been reflected in our tuition. In fact, students continue being charged for the university facilities which are currently closed. Furthermore, with online learning and frequent zoom meetings, students had to upgrade to higher speed internet services and pay more electrical bills for using the computer more at home. These are services that cause additional fees for students who have previously been studying on university campus.

UofT faculty’s efforts to keep students engaged virtually and to innovate new ways of accommodation are appreciated, however, the fact remains that the online experience does not reflect the pre-COVID tuition fees.  

In this petition, I would like to raise awareness to the University of Toronto Faculty Members and Financial Aid office to acknowledge the financial struggles students experience during the pandemic and promote a student centred learning environment by considering to decrease and refund tuition price for Winter 2021 semester.

Thank you! 

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