Colleges closed their doors because of the coronavirus. Now, some students are asking for a refund. It’s not surprising, especially when you consider the average cost to attend a 4-year public college is $25,290 for in-state students and $40,940 for out-of-state students.
According to CNBC, two seperate class-action lawsuits were recently filed by students at Drexel University and the University of Miami. The lawsuits are fairly straightforward. The students are claiming that they are missing out not only on in-person education, but the college experience overall — from campus activities to something as simple as lunch in the cafeteria with friends. “Although [the universities are] still offering some level of academic instruction via online classes, plaintiffs and members of the proposed [classes] have been and will be deprived of the benefits of on-campus learning,” stated the lawsuit. Students at those two schools pay a big chunk of change for their experience: about $54,516 per student at Drexel and $51,930 per student at Miami.
This is likely just the beginning. Some students at NYU are also putting together an effort to launch a class action lawsuit. More will certainly be on their way. When you consider the immense cost (and eventual debt) that comes with a college education, hopefully schools find a way to refund students some of their money.