Petition to UIC Administration, Chancellor Michael Dimitris Amiridis
Refund UIC Students for Tuition Costs
The University of Illinois at Chicago has announced that they will move all of their classes online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. While this is a necessary safety measure that is crucial to student safety, we cannot ignore that the result is a vastly different educational experience. Due to the fact students are not going to receive the full education they are paying for, the students of UIC hereby request the University to refund all students the difference between the costs of in-person and online instruction, including fees that are no longer applicable. We also expect the University to be fair when giving their housing cost and parking pass refunds as well. The COVID-19 outbreak is not the fault of the University, but forcing the students to bear the burden of cost on university resources caused by the outbreak is unjust. When the University, with a 2020 budget of $7 billion, can give a 40% raise to its president, it can afford to alleviate these costs. The University has taken many correct steps so far in response to student concerns regarding the pandemic. Though to expect students to pay for their tuition in full when they are not receiving the education experience they paid for is not acceptable. UIC lauds itself as Illinois’ "best value" university. When students that struggle to pay for college are forced to pay the same amount for an online education as a robust on-campus experience, the University fails in their promise of “best value.”
Petition to Philip DiStefano
Partial Reimbursement of Semester Tuition by CU Boulder For Making All Classes Online
College is already expensive enough for most students. What we pay for with our tuition is the quality of our learning experience, and with all classes going online, we should be entitled to a partial discount on this semester's usual cost. Our inability to receive in-person instruction, and being disincentivized from using on-campus facilities is worth thousands of dollars in justified returns. Sign this petition to urge the university towards giving students a partial refund on the semester as the learning experience has now been degraded significantly.
Petition to Pennsylvania State University
Penn State University to prorate tuition for remote learning period and issue a refund
Pennsylvania state has the highest in state and out of state tuition for a public university, and students come here to enjoy their campus life, but due to the Coronavirus, Penn state had suspended in person learning for the rest of the spring semester, instead switching to remote learning (online classes), online classes cost significantly less than lecture classes, also student doesn’t have excess to use university’s facilities and other services, therefore the Pennsylvania State University should issue a refund to students that are effected by this.
Petition to Amy Gutmann
UPenn petition to reduce/forgive/rebate spring 2020 tuition due to COVID-19
To the President's office at UPenn: I just wanted to address some concerns and issues that I am personally facing, but also feel that many other grad students in my position are also facing. I also wanted to pose a few ideas on how to solve these concerns and issues. My name is Samaya and I am completing a 2-year graduate program at Penn. This will be my last semester. I have a mortgage and have relied on my savings to get me through the first year of my program. For my second year at school, I have worked multiple part-time jobs to get by and pay the bills. I have taken out federal student loans for most of my semesters at Penn and a grad plus loan for the last semester. The COVID-19 crisis has forced schools and businesses to close and there is nothing else that can be done in this type of surreal, pandemic situation. There are also concerns about another great depression coming along, with this global shutdown and/or slow down of business. This is, quite frankly, a terrible time to graduate. I know that myself and other graduate and MBA students are really feeling the pressure to lock down job opportunities as soon as possible. On top of that, I do not feel that it is fair to pay the full tuition price for classes this semester, especially since everything has been moved online. I would like to propose a tuition forgiveness or tuition discount or tuition rebate program for graduate students and MBA students, for this semester (spring 2020) here at Penn. I do hope that you will consider my idea and proposal. - Samaya
Petition to Bernie Sanders, Donald J. Trump, Dan Crenshaw, Andrew Yang, The Walt Disney Company, Apple, Microsoft, Michelle Obama, New York State House, New York State Senate, New York, New York Times, Department of Education
College tuition reimbursement/lessen tuition due to online learning.
Colleges are raising tuition during the Covid crisis when they should lower it but they refuse to lower tuition even though most colleges have switched to online schooling. It is unfair and unamerican. Some students do not have the funding to keep paying for college tuition regardless of scholarships especially during covid when many households have been affected greatly and have had to use savings for bills and tuitions and still to this day have no source of income other than unemployment or stimulus checks. Refusing to lower tuition or reimburse tuition will only further the student debt crisis and potentially risk the lives of many Americans and families around the world. There are many house holds that rely on the younger generation to graduate college and help provide for the household and taking away money from those families is unethical. Students and families should not have to pay a ridiculous amount of money to attend college when majority of the colleges have switched to online classes and students do not need to use campus resources or facilities. I hope to make change the corrupt college system!! God bless you and God bless America!!!!!!
Petition to Dr. Ellen Junn, AS President, Timothy White
Lower Stanislaus State University's Fall 2020 Tuition
This upcoming semester, Fall 2020, California State University, Stanislaus has a tuition of $3,803 for undergraduate students taking more than 6 units. In my student center, I am being charged $3,978. If you look at the breakdown of the total cost of attendance, you can see that the cost of tuition is only $2,871. The additional cost is for on-campus resources. Since the campus is closed for the Fall 2020 semester, this petition is to lower the cost of admission to the sole cost of tuition. Students should not have to pay additional fees for on-campus resources we do not have access to. I am encouraging all undergraduate students to sign this petition to get rid of the extra fees tagged onto tuition since we are essentially paying for nothing.
Petition to New York Film Academy
Tuition Assistance Due to COVID-19
Tuition Assistance Due to COVID-19 To The New York Film Academy Producing Department Chairman, As the entire world is dealing with COVID-19, the contagious respiratory disorder, situations occur due to this coronavirus and everyone has the feeling of being on an entirely different planet. Producing students and those amongst other departments within the New York Film Academy and the entire globe have faced disasters before, but nothing as uncertain and catastrophic as this pandemic. In fact, this is an unprecedented time that demands major adjustments in our everyday lives as students and faculty. Students all over the world have shown courage in adapting to such unfavorable conditions with the shift to distance education in spite of witnessing their families and home countries in lockdown and/or quickly catching the ailment itself. However, some issues need to seriously be addressed soon as these have been entirely beyond the students' control. The most serious of these is the need to acknowledge that the students of the New York Film Academy are looking for financial assistance right now. The impact of this crisis, on both students and their families makes the situation a lot more intricate and there is a dire need for special considerations campus wide. Many families are suffering due to business closures and job loss and therefore, not generating enough cash flow to afford their students’ education and expenses. In addition, for those who are able to obtain a part-time job due to the rigorous school scheduling, students are no longer able to rely on those jobs to pay for their education and living expenses due to business shutdowns inside the US. The spring semester began roughly around February 3, 2020 for most, and by March 13, 2020, all weekend classes were halted and began transitioning for online course studies beginning March 16, 2020. With almost two full semesters of no physical class, and classes being held on an online basis, students not only lose the effect of being in class, but alongside they lose possible collaborations with fellow students and professionals in the area. Online classes also result in reduced cost for the university to operate as a whole. For the New York Film Academy, who is deemed a private university, what could be better time than this to show they support its students. Offering more than equipment discounts are more adequate to students that are in screenwriting, producer, and non-technical programs within the university. Refunding certain amounts already paid by students or by reducing part of the tuition for the semesters yet to start will be an example of the university supporting its students. (i.e. September 2020.) The schedule of being online with class makes it even more difficult for the students to obtain the limited job opportunities that we have lost by not being on the campus location we paid to attend. Some students and courses at New York Film Academy are charged a substantial amount where an annual increase of tuition still applies throughout this pandemic. In some programs, the number of courses taken each semester may decrease, though tuition either stays the same or increases. We are also requesting the university provides an online resource or physical information, detailing what our classes cost and what our tuition goes toward. (Lab fees, facility, classes, etc.) This goes into question if we are unable to use the benefits and resources like social clubs, library archives, sound studios, editing bays, etc. Not only will this provide transparency but will also give students the opportunity to budget appropriately during these uncertain times. Students are not only bearing the loss in terms of lower learning quality due to distance education, but also suffering from adverse mental health and heightened levels of distress due to confinement and associated financial struggles. We do thank you for your resources in this regard. A considerable reduction in tuition would help the students in coping with these unfortunate series of events. With hope that this message reaches the highest ears and eyes within New York Film Academy, we, the students look forward to a practical solution that informs us our voices are heard. Thank you, New York Film Academy Producing Students
Petition to Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Dean Merit Janow
Columbia SIPA Students Demand Fair Tuition Refund Policy Now
Dean Janow,We are writing to you as a united collective because we believe you have the ability to help your students in a tangible, realistic, and meaningful way. While the devastation of the global COVID-19 pandemic is universal, students are in a particularly vulnerable position in the economy. We took a significant risk to invest in the promise that a SIPA education will pay off. We invested our time, talents, and resources at the number one international global policy school. Today, we ask that you, too, take bold and decisive action to aid your student body with your full strength. While we appreciate the efforts to bolster the SIPA Emergency Fund and the commitment to refund minor fees, ($130 refund from SIPA and the $119 from Columbia University), this only represents 0.77% of total SIPA tuition and fees for the semester. SIPA students are entitled to much more given the University’s failure to deliver services that students paid for. It is not the University that bears the cost of degraded quality of learning but the students. We believe this can only be corrected through a fair partial refund policy of $7,292.84. We, the undersigned, ask for the following:1. An acknowledgment of receipt of this letter and direct, substantial response by Dean Janow directly to SIPA students to address our concerns. 2. A detailed plan of action for the use of the U.S. CARES Act stimulus money. 3. A full refund of tuition to students for instructional services not rendered on the dates of March 9-10 and March 23-25 when classes were canceled by the University and not rescheduled. 4. A partial refund of tuition and fees for degraded instructional and institutional services for the remainder of class sessions held remotely. 5. A repeal of the 4% tuition and fee rates for the Fall 2020 semester to reflect the current economic conditions and the value of remote instruction and a plan for tuition refunds should classes not resume to normal by the start of the Fall 2020 semester. 6. Use available resources from the Columbia University Endowment to fund the student financial aid response. Details of the Fair Tuition Refund Policy may be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M28aZaojZdW5Q6Gi4sNUy7R716Ij0wqEUZSgVmb_S3w/edit?usp=sharing We believe that universities – places of model behavior, innovation, and moral authority – have a responsibility to offer ethically and generously what they owe to their students. Again, we ask you to consider the policy options that are outlined above and to engage critically and constructively with students and to advocate on our behalf in order to appropriately serve students and fulfill the institutional mission of Columbia University. Should you fail to adequately satisfy the demands of this petition, the undersigned SIPA students refuse to donate to future fundraising campaigns as alumni. Additionally, we may be forced to consider other forms of resolution including, but not limited to legal action against the University. Thank you for your attention. Signed: The SIPA Tuition Organizing Committee and co-signers