Petition to San Jose State University
Decrease Fall 2020 Tuition - San Jose State University
Covid-19 impacted everyone greatly, especially students. Given that a majority of courses taken at San Jose State University during the Fall 2020 will be remote, there should be a deduction in tuition cost. This is for two reasons, the first being none of us planned for this to be the route taken when attending SJSU Fall 2020 semester, so regular tuition rates applying made sense back when Covid-19 and quarantine were not a huge factor in our lives. Working online does not work for everyone and doesn’t truly ensure we are getting the full quality of the education we are paying for. Our tuition cost should be deducted because we are literally learning behind a screen now. This doesn’t only halt the “college experience”, but the college educational experience as well. Secondly, a lot of individuals have been financially impacted by Covid-19. All students don’t get a sufficient amount of aid, and just paying for day to day expenses has put a financial strain on a lot of students. Due to this, students should have their tuition cost decreased. It simply makes no sense to charge all students the rate of regular tuition when we are all behind a screen and not getting the full benefits of being a SJSU Spartan. Accommodations and adjustments have been made in several areas for students due to Covid-19, however none have been made in the biggest area most students are worried about which is tuition.
Petition to President Eighmy, UT System, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Lower Summer Tuition at UTSA
Today I found out that they have decided not to lower summer tuition. This means students taking summer classes will be paying almost $800 in fees for things not available as the campus will be closed this summer. This includes the recreation center, student union, and athletics. They have decided to not lower tuition because these fees are mandatory for upkeep and renovations for these places. They are not ‘usage’ fees. (Which to me sounds like BS, because if we don’t pay the fee we don’t have access to what the fee goes towards, like the gym.) In the last couple of months, UTSA has decided to raise the full time credit hours for summer from 6hours to 12 hours, without informing students even though it affects our aid. (it has been 6 hours for the last 5-10 years.) Because of this, if you receive any summer aid from UTSA, you are only eligible to receive the full amount listed in ASAP if you are taking 12 hours. Meaning if your financial aid award states you’ll be getting a $750 summer grant, but you’re only enrolled in 6 credit hours, you will only be receiving $350. Which was not listed in our aid package not told in our explanation of aid. Why hide this? So many people were depending on this aid for summer classes and had no idea. UTSA has also claimed they have not received the $29,656,887 they were awarded under the cares act. Because of this, the $14,828,444 allocated for student relief will not be disbursed and they do not have a date as to when it will be. Doesn’t that seem odd considering the cares act was passed almost a month ago, and all other businesses and personal stimulus checks have been deposited? UTSA has decided to close its campus for the remainder of the semester as well as the entire summer, kicking most students out of their only place to live and leaving all student workers without a job (including me) in this time when it’s almost impossible to find work. Alamo Colleges has already decided to waive tuition for summer classes while allowing students to keep already-awarded summer aid. UT Austin has decreased summer tuition cost by almost 50%. Other colleges and universities are following suit. UTSA makes significantly more money then Alamo colleges, but less then UT Austin. So if both those schools can help their students during this time, why can’t UTSA? UTSA has deceived its students by keeping us in the dark about so many things. Deciding things without any student input even though it affects us directly. I’m very disappointed in my university, and right now, i’m not proud to say i’m a roadrunner. If you, like me, have a problem with this PLEASE email your thoughts to email@example.com. Our voices deserve to be heard! And I will not rest until UTSA makes this right.
Petition to San Diego State Students, San Diego State Alumni, San Diego State University, California Governor, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Gavin Newsom, Barbara Lee, Adam Schiff, Paul Cook, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Eric Swalwell, Melissa A. Melendez, Jackie Speier, John Garamendi, Scott Peters, Zoe Lofgren, Anna G. Eshoo, Karen Bass, Jerry McNerney, Mark Takano, Mike Thompson, Brad Sherman, Jared Huffman, Doug LaMalfa, Ken Calvert, U.S. Department of Education
Partial Tuition Reimbursement at San Diego State University
On March 13th, 2020, faced with the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus in San Diego and beyond, California State University announced their decision to move all classes to Zoom at least until April. The fact is all the classes of this semester will end on May 14 and nearly all of the classes will be transferred online. While we recognize and sympathize with the difficult position that the Coronavirus has put San Diego State University in, this transition to online classes represents a notable reduction in educational and instructional quality, which we fear will negatively affect our educational and professional outcomes moving forward. Further, we fear that the quality of education we will be receiving will not be commensurate with costly tuition payments made in January of this year.In addition to a reduction in educational quality, other unintended consequences of the Coronavirus, including cancelled talks on campus, networking events, and reduced face-to-face time with professors and colleagues, threaten to negatively affect our short and long-term professional outcomes. This is a particularly worrying prospect for those of us graduating in 2020, as we will likely find ourselves graduating into a recession.With this in mind, we call upon the University to address the reduction of educational quality that online classes represent, as well as the negative professional impacts of reduced networking opportunities and cancelled campus events, by providing students with a partial tuition reimbursement. Thank you for your reading and sharing.
Petition to Stony Brook University
Demand Changes to Stony Brook University Student Fees During 2020-2021 School Year
The Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare Graduate Student Government (SBU SSW GSG) is aware of our colleagues’ dissatisfaction with the Bursar office and the Student Financial Services (SFS) office. We stand with our peers that the fees assessed for this semester are not applicable to the services we will be using. Transportation fees have been applied to our student bills while some academic programs and classes across campus will be conducted solely online. Technology fees rose $70 dollars and have been applied at a time where more than ever- students are having to utilize their savings to purchase new laptops and other related devices to adapt to the online learning curriculum. The Student Financial Services office has been less than forthcoming regarding the situation. Multiple colleagues have emailed and spoken to the SFS office, to little avail. We respectfully request that the Bursar office and SFS office reevaluate these and all other fees being charged, providing adequate refunds immediately. The SSW GSG E-board hears your concerns and urges you to sign and share this petition in an effort to move forward with change. /s/ Jacob Manning | President, SBU SSW GSG /s/ Courtney Leone | Vice President, SBU SSW GSG /s/ Laura Molloy | Secretary, SBU SSW GSG /s/ Emily Dragone | Treasurer, SBU SSW GSG /s/ Jessica Cortes | Second Year Representative, SBU SSW GSG /s/ Kayden Sullivan | Manhattan Representative, SBU SSW GSG
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
Petition to The University of Maryland
Reduce UMD Student Fees and Tuition for the Remainder of the COVID-19 Pandemic!
It is unacceptable for students to pay for resources they do not have access to. Currently, University of Maryland students are being overcharged for their online educational experience and for services they are less able to utilize. We require a continued review and reduction, for all students, of tuition and fees for the remainder of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As we do not know when this pandemic will end, we need a comprehensive plan that adjusts prices justly. #LowerUniFees #NoResourceNoFee Students should not pay for resources that they do not have access to. It is never the burden nor responsibility of students to supplement the financial insecurities of their higher education institutions, particularly during a global pandemic. Higher Education is already unaffordable for most students with student loan debt totaling over 1.7 trillion nationally. Currently, University of Maryland students are being charged fees for services they are not able to utilize due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Students will not be able to receive the same academic and educational experience as before the pandemic started, yet it is proposed that we are to pay the same costs. As the school found it necessary to refund students the cost of unused resources during the Spring of 2020 and the initial outbreak of the pandemic, the school should remain committed to its scholars by not requiring the cost of unused resources - particularly as the pandemic has increasingly placed pressure, financial and otherwise, on students. Tuition rates should also be considered for reduction. UMBC reduced tuition by 22% as well as other noted tuition reductions from DMV area schools and around the nation. We are not receiving the same experience as in-person learning and the price should reflect that accordingly. The University should lean on donors, the federal government, savings, and other revenue streams during this time to supplement the needs of the institution. Students are not who institutions should turn to for extracting funds, especially if not providing services that match the request. We require a review and lowered adjustment of fees for the remainder of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Sign the petition today and contact UMD Leadership for further action: Office of the President Vice Presidents Fees to be reviewed and refunded to students (Based on Spring 2020 COVID-19 fee refunds): Shuttle Bus Athletics Recreation Services Stamp Student Union Performing Arts and Cultural Centers Student Facilities Sustainability Housing Dining Parking What we know: COVID-19 has caused an overall unemployment rate of 11.1% COVID has negative implications for mental health which students already deal with at high rates Students must now bear paying additional fees and tuition for resources that we will not have access to. Despite knowing the effects of COVID-19 our current leadership has not deemed it fit for us to receive a refund for the services not available to us Students are experiencing unprecedented changes to the educational experience, including in some cases exclusively online instruction International students have deportation concerns Across Universities, students face the same struggles as the average person and more during this time Some students must choose between homelessness and education Civil unrest in the nation is still occurring