VCU reduce undergraduate tuition

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We demand that VCU reduce the tuition to reflect the restrictions placed on academic and extracurricular activities. For $14,710 in-state and $36,048 out-of-state, we the students expect a high level of quality for our education with in-class discussions, engaging lectures, flourishing connections, and more. The plan announced for the 2020-2021 school year excludes the majority of these expected qualities in our education. A Zoom meeting held in a dorm room or our parents' home is not as valuable as the price of the type of education that we are paying for. 

In addition to the tuition not reflecting the decrease in quality of education, there has been an increase in mandatory fees. According to an article on news.vcu.edu, “the increased fees are the result of anticipated increases in contractual costs and health benefits and the need to provide services in multiple formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The majority of students do not reside on campus due to all of his/her/their classes being online which physically prevents the students from utilizing these “anticipated health costs.” The additional charge is advertised to support a system that has fallen short in expectations, as experienced by a student and as witnessed by her mother in this article. Students are being held responsible for the cost of a multitude of additional online resources that are required for these online courses. The additional resources are issued due to the online format of the class and the increase in mandatory fees do not reflect the support of these resources. Classroom sizes have been expanded to support larger than normal classrooms and instructors are assigned additional classes on top of his/her/their typical semester course load. It promotes instructor fatigue and directly impacts the current decreased quality of education that we receive. Students are now responsible for a higher cost of education but receive only a fraction of the quality. 


An article in The Harvard Crimson and an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, explain the benefit of virtual education but the need to reduce the full price of tuition. By charging full price during the current delicate economy promotes the idea that VCU places more importance on its monetary flow compared to its students' success and/or the financial distress that the full cost of tuition may cause the students. 


VCU has received 10 million in the CARES act, has a 1.29 billion approved budget, has an official ranked highest paid public college president at 1 million, and additional support. VCU has the opportunity to be an advocate for its students during their most vulnerable times and support their success during this pandemic.