Reduce UC Merced Tuition and Fees for the 2020-2021 School Year

Reduce UC Merced Tuition and Fees for the 2020-2021 School Year

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Samuel Luna started this petition to University of California Merced

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. Understandably due to the severe threats of the virus, UC Merced has decided to move a majority of classes to remote learning. They have additionally cut the number of spaces for on-campus housing, the number of students in a room at once, and the number of campus events for the student body. Consequentially, many students were left without a place to live for the school year, and with many of their classes being online. And although we understand the reasons for taking these drastic measures we can not stand idly by and watch as the university continues to charge the students of the University of California, Merced for full tuition and full campus fees as if we will be utilizing these fees as usual. 

On average the tuition cost of attending UC Merced is approximately $13,000 when attending in-person lectures. Nonetheless, even though the university has announced that only about 30% of its lectures will be in person and additionally that 100% of lectures will be online after Thanksgiving break, they continuously plan to charge their students for full tuition. How can a campus that is expected to have less than half of their lectures in person expect students to still pay full tuition? When we applied to UC Merced we applied and paid for the price of having our lectures in person, however, because that is not possible it is not just nor is it fair that we still are charged in full. 

Additionally, the university still plans on charging students for full student fees such as fees for recreation, transportation, student life, etc. These are all services that we as students will not be able to utilize if all of our classes and lectures are remote. So why would a university that prides itself on having the biggest undergraduate population of first-generation, low-income students continue to burden its undergraduate population with excessive fees that will not be used due to these unforeseen circumstances? In a time when most students and families are already struggling financially it does not seem wise for the administration to continue to charge these fees. 

Therefore, we call upon the University of California, Merced to decrease tuition and student fees for the 2020-2021 school year. We are not asking the university to do their student population a favor but rather to do what is just. It is not just to continue to charge full tuition for lectures that will be given remotely. It is not just to charge students fees for services a majority of the campus's nearly 8,000 students will not use. We urge you to do what is right, what is fair, and what is correct. Do not let your words be just words. When you tell us our campus is about compassion, show compassion when we say we are united, show unity, and when we say we are Bobcat strong, that means we must all be strong. 

 

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