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University Tuition Class Action Lawsuits Emerge From Online Learning

Posted May 11, 2020

Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of students enrolled in higher education institutions found their spring 2020 semester put to a dramatic stop as a result of the novel coronavirus. As students were forced to leave on-campus housing and return home, colleges and universities had to transform their in-person instruction to online formats. This has left many students feeling their education had suffered.  As a result, students from across the country have considered taking legal action against their respective universities to receive tuition reimbursement as well as money paid to the university for student services and resources.

Many students from some of the country’s most respected institutions have already filed lawsuits against the following colleges and universities, though this list is not exhaustive as the numbers increase daily:

  • Indiana University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Southern California
  • George Washington University
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Drexel University
  • University of Miami 
  • University of Arizona
  • American University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University

Across the board, these students are alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment by their universities and colleges. By moving their classes to online formats, the educational experience has not added up to the amount spent on tuition; thus, students are seeking reimbursement. Students from prestigious universities to state institutions are claiming that the experience they paid for with in-person instruction is not what they are receiving in online formats.

In addition to tuition dollars being returned, some students are asking that universities return the student activity fees that were to be used on resources like gyms, computer labs, and extracurricular activities.

While many universities and institutions of higher learning have partially refunded students’ expenses on room and board for the remainder of the spring semester, students and parents say it simply is not enough.

However, because partial refunds have been made, many universities are claiming they have done enough for their students financially. Because the students will have the name of their respective university on their diploma, institutions feel that those students are getting the education they paid for.

So what can be done for these students who paid for an elevated education but are getting subpar instruction? Many students are joining in on class action lawsuits to bring justice to their educational experience once more.

If you are a student enrolled in a college, university or place of higher education, and you feel as though your academic institution has not provided you with a quality education during your online transition, nor have they given you reimbursement for the funds you have paid, you need sound legal counsel. 

Contact us today. Your education matters. As the future of the nation, you deserve justice. 

Posted in COVID-19.