Coronavirus Tuition Refunds
Petition to Maryland, Larry Hogan, Schools, Teachers, Donald J. Trump
Stop online schooling in Maryland!
Online schooling has been nothing but an extra stress on the shoulders of a great amount of people in Maryland. I have heard time and time again about my peers grades dropping because of online school. They’ve told me it’s way more stressful than regular school, and it’s true. Why make kids stress about school while a global crisis is right outside our doorstep? We have enough to worry about with the outbreak of Covid-19 happening. People have parents that work for essential businesses where they are exposed to other people and may be exposed to the virus. Why make us do schooling in a time like this? Our grades and mental health are only suffering from this alternative. Me and an enormous amount of other students have had our grades drop drastically. Thanks to this online schooling, me and other students in Maryland may have to repeat our current grade. Please help us get online school out. This is a time we should be spending with our families and cherishing and being grateful for each other’s health.Thank you.
Petition to George L. Hanbury II, Nova Southeastern Univerity, Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing
Summer 2020 Tuition Adjustment
Nova Southeastern University has officially made the transition to an online learning platform for both classroom and didactic clinical education courses due to the unfortunate COVID-19 Pandemic that changed the lives of many individuals around the globe. Students have collectively discussed and agreed that tuition and fees for the Summer 2020 term, and any other term equally affected, should be reevaluated and adjusted accordingly because the resources and facilities paid for by said tuition and fees are no longer available amid the COVID-19 outbreak (Campus Libraries, Printing Services, University Center Common Areas, RecPlex, etc.). Undergraduate and graduate programs such as the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing require students to take two consecutive summer semesters in order to graduate with a cost of $10,181.00 per semester. The financial aid offered during the summer terms at Nova Southeastern University is fairly limited and scholarships offered outside the university are not as common compared to the fall and winter terms. That being said, the NSU Student Service Fee of $500.00 and additional fees (Nursing Skills Assessment Fee- $86.00) should be removed or refunded since these funds are allocated to resources on campus that are no longer available during this pandemic. The outbreak of Coronavirus has affected billions of people, including countless of our own Nova Southeastern Students and Faculty. We the students greatly appreciate all the diligence that the administrations and faculty across all campuses have provided thus far to enhance our education. President George L. Hanbury II has made many announcements about Housing and Meal Credits/Refunds which include the following parameters: “Although our residence halls continue to remain open for those who need them, I have authorized Enrollment and Student Services to issue:” Prorated housing rollover credits, which will be applied to the next academic year for continuing students (or you can elect to receive a refund); and Prorated housing refunds for graduating students. Students with a remaining balance on their SharkDining accounts will be able to roll over any remaining credit balance to next year or elect to receive a refund. Students receiving a residential assistance scholarship for full room and board will not receive a credit or refund since these funds originated from the university. Students receiving a university scholarship that included an award toward room and board may not receive a credit or refund since these funds originated from the university. Students greatly appreciate the current Meal Credit/Refund stipulations presented by Dr. Hanbury, but we are also asking, urgently, to take into consideration the programs required to complete summer terms and the total cost that these students are worried they will have trouble paying due to job loss, parental financial status change, or illness. These trying times are challenging for everybody and many of us are frustrated we cannot jump right back into what we considered our “normal” lives. This petition serves as an official statement from the Nova Southeastern Student body in hope to see positive change and financial assistance from university administration and President George L. Hanbury II himself.
Petition to Regents of the University of California
Partially Refund UC Student's Tuition for Spring Quarter
UC students are entitled to a partial tuition refund for spring quarter. According to regents.universityofcalifornia.edu, "financial aid and related programs, admissions, registration, administration, libraries, and operation and maintenance of plant." However, seeing on-campus students are being encouraged to return home, they.will no longer be able to benefit from some of these programs and services. For example, students at UCLA would be expected to pay a student services fee, student programs, activities, and resources complex fee, Wooden center fee, and UC student health insurance plan fee which they can receive no benefits from unless physically present. Consequently, the costs of maintaining these initiatives and services decrease significantly as they have less individuals to accommodate.
Petition to Chancellor Robert C. Jones, UIUC , University of Illinois at Urbana champaign
UIUC Tuition Refund
Please sign this tuition to ask UIUC for a partial refund of the Spring 2020 semester. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is promoting social distancing through implementation of online courses for the rest the Spring 2020 semester. They are taking the proper action against the spread of COVID-19, and are really trying their best to provide for all the students in all of their different circumstances, such as keeping the dorm open, and food services available. However, many of our acclaimed facilities we pay a large some of money for, are being shut down to stop the spread. We lose the value of education we pay so heavily for, while UIUC is able to save money of operation and maintenance of the facilities. RSOs, sports and recreation, hands-on instruction, in person office hours, libraries, room reservations, borrowing of equipment, studio use, and much more. Students even use the money from working at these facilities to pay for their tuition. Many schools around the country are faced in the dilemma of how to properly address this very strange situation that fell at our feet in the terms of COVID-19, and I feel proud to say that UIUC has been making the best decisions that they can about this current unraveling situation. Nonetheless, they will be saving money by providing classes online, and shutting down facilities. These facilities should be handled in the manner they are, but the savings should be passed down to the students, as they already pay so much for tuition. Please sign this petition to ask UIUC to refund some of the costs of tuition. A link to where UIUC gets its money from, and what the money goes to: https://www.uillinois.edu/about/budget
Petition to Vermont State Senate, Vermont State House, Bernie Sanders, Patrick J. Leahy, Peter Welch, Phil Scott, Alison Clarkson, Peter D. Anthony, Selene Colburn, Barbara Rachelson, Jill Krowinski, Marcia Lawrence Gardner, Anthony Pollina, Brian Collamore, Catherine "Kitty" Toll, Christopher A Pearson, Debbie Ingram, Phil Baruth, Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Tim Ashe, Becca Balint, Diana Gonzalez, Dick Sears, Jr., Jeanette K. White, John Rodgers, Sam Young, Carol Ode, Charlie Kimbell, Vermont State College Board of Trustees, Jeb Spaulding
Securing the Future of the Vermont State Colleges
As we move forward through the COVID-19 crisis we are seeing more and more businesses and communities being impacted negatively by this. The Vermont State Colleges System is no exception to this! This is the true test of the colleges within the system financially. Each of the four institutions that comprise the VSCS is key to the communities they surround and play an important role in the Vermont economy. Without them, this could cause irreversible damage to local economies within the state. Today we are asking for your support to pressure the Governor’s office as well as the State Legislature to give the State College System the financial support that it critically needs and deserves. The system is facing a deficit upwards of $8.5 Million for this year, which will have real and damaging implications. We are proposing that the state give the system enough money to compensate for the deficit and increase the yearly state appropriation from covering only 18% of the system’s cost to requesting an additional $25 million on top of the current appropriation. The system has been long plagued by state appropriation shortfalls from the state which has led the schools to struggle. Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Castleton University, Vermont Tech, and Community College of Vermont employ over 1,800 people in every county across the state and provides an education to over 11,000 students, 83% of whom are Vermont residents. Reviving the VSCS is key in reviving rural Vermont and providing not only Vermonters but people from all over this country with the essential skills needed in today’s economy. Northern Vermont University alone contributes about $113 million to the economy. Downsizing even one campus will have significant and long-term impacts on the surrounding communities. A little about myself. My name is Patrick Wickstrom and I currently attend Northern Vermont University - Lyndon studying both Atmospheric and Climate Change Science. I also serve as the Financial Controller for our Student Government Association, am a Resident Assistant, captain of the Men’s Tennis Team, and a very active member of this campus and its community. My story starts at a young age when I learned I had a passion for weather and growing up in North Texas with our severe weather only grew that passion. When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I learned about a school called Lyndon State College, now Northern Vermont University, and fell in love with it. It was always my dream to attend Lyndon because of the quality of its Atmospheric Sciences Department. As it came time to apply to college, I only applied to one school, Lyndon. I could’ve applied and gone to Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Louisiana Monroe, but instead, I chose Lyndon. I knew that going to a smaller school far from home was the right choice for me. When I finally arrived in January of 2019, it was everything I thought it would be. I have made some of the best friends of my life, made connections with faculty and staff that I wouldn’t have elsewhere, and been given opportunities of a lifetime. I even stayed in the summer of 2019 to work at Mountainview Country Club because I fell in love with the state of Vermont so much. Going to school at NVU - Lyndon has been the best decision of my life and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Supporting our school and the VSC helps students like me reach their goals and brings people to the great state of Vermont, which helps support its economy.
Petition to Illinois Wesleyan Administrators
Change Illinois Wesleyan Spring 2020 Courses to pass/fall option
Due to COVID-19 college students across the nation are facing unprecedented challenges as they continue their education in difficult conditions. Tuition is calculated to include the many amenities on campus whether it be the Shirk Fitness Center, Ames Library, the Writing Center, and numerous more great on-campus offerings. Many of us are facing financial difficulties and working long hours to supplement. Without the true college experience that allows us to thrive and excel in classes it would be fair to reward Illinois Wesleyan students' best academic efforts with an optional pass/fail condition during this unprecedented pandemic which continues to harm more Americans and people across the world. Please help lessen the burden and stress during this difficult time for us students to allow us to focus on family, health, and safety while continuing our higher education.
Petition to President of Fairleigh Dickinson University Christopher A. Capuano, Debra V. Jones President Chair of Board of Governors, Fairleigh Dickinson Uiniversity, Senate President Deirdre Collier, State Director at The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education Errol Bruce
TUITION CUT FOR FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY-Fall 2020
Due to COVID-19, Fairleigh Dickinson University has decided on a hybrid learning system which like many other universities involves a remote learning system in order to prevent the spread of the virus. This alternative learning style results in a shortage of our complete learning experience in the Fall of 2020 by three weeks. Although these necessary precautions will help better the health of our students and assist us on the path to recovery from this pandemic, remote learning does not substitute for our in-class learning experience along with other on-campus services. As we look into other alternatives for our education we must also take into consideration what is at loss for each student and try to accommodate these needs. It is not just for students to be forced to pay tuition at full price with the reduction of an annual 3% tuition rate when we will be losing the opportunity to utilize resources we normally would while being on campus. Freezing the tuition rate does not account for the loss of time and educational experience from the Fall semester. We should not be paying the full tuition price if not receiving all the benefits that are involved with the cost, such as computer lab access, fast speed internet connection, dining hall expenses, campus life organizations and most importantly face-to-face learning. As a student, my online learning experience in the Spring of 2020, did not nearly scratch the surface of the infinite learning opportunities that would have been granted to me as an on-campus student. We are all facing extreme financial hardships brought upon us by the pandemic. I urge you all to help change this financial decision that affects each and every one of our students at Fairleigh Dickinson University. We cannot rebuild when not given the chance to take a breath, give our students and families a break, financially, for the betterment of our overall academic success. Please sign and share this petition with your peers, families, and other public platforms to help prevent this extra burden on our lives.
Petition to Columbia University, Columbia College, Suzanne B. Goldberg, Ira Katznelson, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of General Studies, Barnard
Partial Tuition Reimbursement at Columbia University
On March 12, 2020, faced with the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus in New York City and beyond, Columbia University announced their decision to move all classes to Zoom, an online video communications and conferencing tool. While we recognize and sympathize with the difficult position that the Coronavirus has put Columbia 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 (which, as the 2008 crisis demonstrated, can have a lifelong negative impact on earnings). With this in mind, we call upon the University to address the reduction of educational quality that the transition to online classes represents, as well as the negative professional impacts of reduced networking opportunities and cancelled campus events, by providing students with a partial tuition reimbursement. We note that the University has a sizable endowment at their disposal and could use some of these funds to help protect their students (who themselves represent future donors) during these trying times. Thank you for your reading and sharing.