Petition to Lawrence Schovanec, Tedd Mitchell, Texas Tech SGA
Lower the tuition and fee for fall 2020 at Texas Tech University
Texas Tech is charging full tuition and fees for the fall semester. The library fee is higher than the previous semester yet the hours are cut. The recreational center has the same fee and those hours are also cut. There is an athletics entrance fee but they have yet to inform us on how they plan to maintain safety with COVID-19 still being spread at a rapid rate so there will be low attendance at these games. These are only some of the fees that appear on our tuition bill. Many students do not plan to return this fall due to the fear of a serious outbreak on campus. Most of our classes have been moved online for the fall yet our tuition remains the same. It is not fair to charge students full tuition and fees when we will not get the same experience or access as we have before. Our tuition bill should be lower for the Fall 2020 semester.
Petition to Linda Kasper
Waive UGA's housing contract cancellation fee
The University of Georgia claims to prioritize the health and well-being of its students, yet continues to charge an unreasonable fee for those wishing to cancel their housing contract. The policy currently in place is standard protocol, but the circumstances we find ourselves in due to COVID-19 produce challenges and health risks that can’t be adequately addressed by standard protocol. In light of this, we are calling for UGA to waive the housing contract cancellation fee. UGA’s current housing contract states that “The student must pay a contract cancellation fee equivalent to 50% of the remaining portion of the License Fee (as defined below) for the assigned space for the entire contract period.” Basically, this means that if a student wants to cancel their year-long housing contract, they will be forced to pay an entire semester’s worth of housing as a fee—a cost which could range from $2,454 to $4,136. For the majority of UGA students, this is too great a financial burden, giving them no choice but to live on campus despite the increased risk. UGA should be taking steps to limit the amount of students in the dorms, not making it financially impossible for students to leave. Their cancellation policy only increases the number of students in the dorms, which in turn makes it harder to socially distance and increases risk of exposure for everyone on campus. Simply put, this policy is very concerning. In response to criticism of their policy, UGA Housing has relied on the fact that they already offered an opportunity to cancel a housing contract free of cost. However, this grace period was only offered during the small window of May 19th through May 27th, a time in which the future was extremely uncertain: the University hadn’t released specific information about plans for reopening, and it was impossible to predict COVID-19’s progression. If as late as July 24th the University still didn’t have answers to questions such as how students will get food when quarantining in their dorms, how were we supposed to make an informed decision about whether or not to stay on campus in May? According to data reported by the New York Times, the 7 day average of COVID-19 cases in Georgia on May 27th (the last day of the grace period) was 650. On July 26, it was 3,240. On average, there are over five times as many cases now as there were when students had to decide whether to take advantage of the grace period, and with this increase in cases comes an immense increase in risk. Students should be able to update their decision in light of this new information rather than being forced to stand by a choice they had to make when it was impossible to know the facts. We are calling for UGA to waive the housing contract cancellation fee for the safety of students and staff, as it forces incoming residents to choose between their health and a massive financial burden. It is unreasonable to ask students to forego an entire semester’s worth of housing costs—many students are simply unable to afford this and may be forced into an unsafe living situation as a result. In addition, many students will be taking a majority of online classes and shouldn’t feel pressured to return to campus and put their health at risk just so they don’t lose thousands of dollars in housing fees. Our health and safety as students, faculty, and staff is worth more than a couple thousand dollars. Waiving the cancellation fee is the safest option for everyone on campus, and UGA’s refusal to do this suggests that their bottom line is more important to them than their commitment to the students and staff that this institution relies on to exist. It is our firm belief that the best way to prioritize student health and well-being is to empower students to make their own decisions about their health rather than limiting their options with an undue financial burden.
Petition to Rutgers University-Camden
Rutgers Camden Tuition AND Fee Reduction
Due to recent uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, many colleges across the nation have implemented a reduction in tuition and educational fees. The students attending Rutgers Camden would like such accommodations to reflect on their upcoming term bills due to unprecedented circumstances and financial vulnerability.
Petition to University of San Diego
Tuition reduction at the University of San Diego considering fully online classes.
USD doesn't hide the fact that our tuition rates and the expenses that we as students pay to attend the University of San Diego is a steep price. However, some of the primary reasons that students still choose to attend USD year after year is because the school offers smaller classrooms with more hands on support, making professors accessible during office hours, and promoting an environment that makes learning less stressful and more enjoyable. As students we understand this is an unprecedented time, but it is outrageous to expect students and their families to pay over $50,000 a year while we sit in our living room. There has been a lot of conversations amongst students about taking a gap semester, or even a full gap year if USD was to go fully online, as well as incoming freshman who don't want to spend their first year of college still at home with their parents. The best thing the school can do to retain as many students as possible, and hopefully prevent freshman from deciding that the University of San Diego isn't the appropriate school for them, is to lower the tuition rates to a more fair and just representation of the abysmal learning environment that is online schooling.
Petition to Boston College Administration
Lower Boston College total cost of attendance for the 2020-2021 school year
The students of Boston College are suffering the consequences of COVID-19. As it stands (July 6th), students are currently mandated to be back on campus (except international students and those w/ health conditions). Boston College is not allowing students the option to take all classes remotely. The students who are being mandated to be back on campus in Chestnut Hill may however be forced to take some of their classes remotely. The decision to mandate students on campus will only ensure greater limitations that will cause a lower standard of living and lower quality of education. The students of Boston College demand all student have an option for remote access and cost of attendance costs for all students Boston College Administration must look at this issue from the perspective of its students and their families. This year has caused difficulties for everyone and some of those difficulties include financial conditions, economic conditions, and health conditions. These difficulties only begin to touch how this academic year both remotely and in-person will be different in many fundamental ways. Large pieces of the student way of life will be uprooted and the question that the administration is continuing to look at is how they can ensure a safe and smooth operation for its students and families and its own staff and faculty. Students this fall and possibly the spring will not be receiving the same experience as BC students were once offered before the global pandemic. Some of the in-person experiences that will be difficult or impossible to emulate even through a hybrid model include clinical practicums, fine arts studios, labs, research opportunities, and opportunities to meet new people. Students' access to tutoring, athletic facilities, mental health counseling, advising, social opportunities, and networking will also be restricted. The total cost of attendance has not been adjusted to reflect these massive deficits rather the total cost of attendance has risen by about 7% equating to about $7,000. The rising of the total cost of attendance should reflect a greater access and support system for the Boston College community, but even at a best-case scenario, the services offered will be significantly limited. Universities such as Williams College in West Massachusetts, however, have lowered their total cost of attendance by 15%. Williams College's administration has realized that while the university may suffer a financial consequence, its students and their families deserve to be supported in these times of unprecedented hardship. The total cost of attendance needs to be adjusted to reflect the limitations. The students of Boston College demand that the administration step in the shoes of the Boston College students and fulfill the mission of men and women for others by first being for their students.
Petition to Azusa Pacific University, Paul W. Ferguson
Reduce APU's tuition to reflect the value of an online semester
The decision to revert APU’s fall 2020 semester back to remote learning necessitates a reduction of tuition costs to reflect the quality of learning and the circumstances of the students affected. Online classes without any extracurriculars are not worth the same as a semester on campus. We will not be able to learn in the ideal setting that an in-person classroom provides. Any “virtual” programs, services, clubs, and activities pale in comparison to the real experience. Additionally, many students were planning on working at APU in the fall in order to pay for tuition. Finding an alternate job in the current economic situation is not a viable option for many of us. Since the administration expects us to adjust our way of learning and living for the entire semester, the students justifiably can expect the administration to adjust tuition accordingly. There are several factors that would seem to facilitate this discount for all students at APU: 1. President Ferguson mentioned in his latest email that $9 million had been raised for creating a COVID-19 testing center. Since we will not be returning in the fall, this investment could be repurposed to cover the cost of a tuition discount. Additional funds could be raised for this purpose.2. APU’s facilities will be used minimally at most, reducing the cost of utilities.3. APU will save money on extracurriculars, chapels, programs, etc.4. APU will likely reduce spending on employment (for students, and likely for some faculty and staff as well). The cost of tuition for the average online private college is less than half the average tuition for attending a private university in person. While it may not be feasible to reduce tuition by 50% or more, it would be unjust and inconsiderate for the administration of Azusa Pacific University to refuse to significantly reduce tuition for the fall semester.
Petition to Students, USFCA , USF, tuition, tuition costs, lower tuition, remote semester, zoom university, zoom classes, Zoom, online semester, San Francisco, Bay Area
Pressure USFCA into lowering tuition for the REMOTE Fall 2020 Semester!!!
For the last couple of years, the University of San Francisco has been increasing its tuition. With COVID-19 pushing back the reopening plans for the city, USFCA decided to go full remote for the Fall 2020 Semester, excluding courses like clinicals for Nursing students. With an online program, students lack the physical connection that they come to campus for which deprives them of such but also reduces the use of facilities, but for some reason, the activity fee is still being included into the tuition cost. The school has decided to reduce transportation fees due to the lack of use for the MUNI lines, but the costs still remain high while the school claims that the quality of teaching is just as good with the only argument that they've been providing consisting of "we've been working on it." Almost everyone's been taught the traditional way ever since we were younger, so the grades we receive through online education may not represent our full effort because we don't have the ability to go and ask our professors questions since some don't even have office hours online. When I first started attending in 2018, I was offered a financial aid package, but at this point, it is not worth the same value at all because it has not grown proportionally with the tuition at all. Furthermore, despite being online, some staff take weeks to reply to emails or haven't at all during this transition period. I believe some of you can agree with that yourselves while reading this. With this all in mind and the school acknowledging the financial instability of families during this recession, they still chose to move forward with the tuition costs. Sign this petition and pressure USFCA into lowering tuition costs for the coming Fall 2020 Semester. Countless students are dropping out and taking leaves of absence. How many more do you want USF? Would you rather drown in your own pride or would you lower the tuition to help the community and actually CHANGE THE WORLD FROM HERE.
Petition to Leaders
Charge MinnState students intended-format tuition rate for fall courses
Dear MN State College and University (MinnState) Leaders, On June 15, 2020, in an email titled "Important Fall Semester Updates" students at Metropolitan State learned of MinnState's intent to charge us an “online differential tuition rate” for our fall 2020 courses which have been forced, due to pandemic, to take place online (scroll to June 15 email under Messages to Students here for reference). Normally, at Metropolitan State these courses would be face-to-face, charged $420/credit for resident graduate students and $234/credit for resident undergraduates. The online credit rates, by contrast, are $547/credit for graduates and $310/credit for undergraduates. That's $127/credit more for graduates and $76/credit more for undergraduates. Metropolitan State is offering $25-42/credit COVID relief, but that leaves us paying $51-85 more per credit because a pandemic forced us to move classes online. That's unethical. Moreover, this change has not been promptly or clearly communicated to staff or students. Many students and staff remain unaware of the change, which has been disguised within emails under a “COVID Relief for Online Courses” heading. Many students are panicking as they first witness these increased costs on their recently posted fall tuition bills on MinnState's Eservices platform, and early August tuition deadlines are already rapidly approaching. Students may not have requested enough financial aid to cover this additional cost. Other students who are paying out of pocket will have to scramble to find hundreds of extra dollars. As students, we know the quality of instruction and learning are compromised by the sudden transition to online learning. Why are Minnesota State Colleges and Universities charging us more for classes that were never intended to be taught online, during a period of growing financial crisis in America? We believe Minnesota State Colleges and Universities should charge us for fall courses at their pre-pandemic, intended format rate. The institutions have not made credible arguments for transitioning to online tuition rates. They have not given students fair and clear warning about the rate increases. They have not made provisions for the increased financial burdens this places on students during a crisis. They do not have standing to charge us more for classes whose quality they know is compromised. In no way is this “COVID Relief.” This is a $51-85/credit tuition increase at Metropolitan State alone. Format-change-induced increases like these across the system are set to cost the Minnesota State College and University student community tens of thousands of dollars during a financial crisis. Metropolitan State's mission, like many MinnState colleges and universities, is to support traditionally underserved communities pursue higher education. They pride themselves in being a student-centered institution. But placing these costs on students' shoulders is a fiscally-centered decision. The underserved communities you've committed to serve--students with families, students of color, first generation students--are often those hit hardest by pandemic job-loss, hour-decrease, child care-loss, and the burdens of sickness at home and among loved ones. Reverse this decision. Charge us for fall courses at their pre-pandemic, intended format rates. Sincerely, Students, Faculty, and Staff of Metropolitan State University and other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities