Students definitely got the short end of the stick during 2020 and 2021. Important milestones were missed including sports seasons, proms, and the overall in-person learning experience. And college students were no exception. Students across the country were forced to move out of dorms and attend all of their classes online. Yet their tuition costs remained the same. Many feel that they should be reimbursed since they did not get the full experience they were charged for. And some North Carolina students are actually suing on that point WCNC reports. Do you think college students should receive refunds for classes that were moved to remote learning because of COVID?
The lawsuit which was filed against the UNC Board of Governors will be moving on to a state appellate court. The lawsuit claims that when students were forced to leave North Carolina university campuses it was a “breach of contract”. Despite not being allowed on campus students were still charged fees for things like health services, parking, security, and other benefits they could only take advantage of if the campus was open.
Similar cases have been brought against different universities across the country and have been won by students. I have to side with the plaintiffs in this situation, college students should get refunds for expenses they couldn’t take advantage of during the covid year.