Coronavirus Tuition Refunds
Petition to BCPS students
1 lesson a week per class!
Baltimore county public schools has assigned students to complete 2 lessons a week per class. Most Students have eight classes resulting in us having to complete 16 lessons in one week! Not only is it more difficult for the students to complete the work due to lack of hands-on guidance but expecting students to complete 16 lessons in a week is completely unreasonable. When attending school regularly classes went through a Singular lesson do the course of the week. This workload has students overly stressed during this hard time, all we ask is for a little understanding. Please sign our petition!
Petition to Woodbury University
Reimburse Students for Room & Board + Tuition for Time Excluded From Woodbury University
To all the students and families who have been affected by the drastic changes that have affected not only our college but many other colleges because of COVID-19, we respectfully ask for our tuition that we paid for during the Spring 2020 semester at Woodbury University to be reimbursed back to us. As of March 17th, 2020, we were notified that our courses will be canceled and continue as an online course. Our main concern and priority is to ensure that we are refunded what was invested in our education. Examples of these fees we have paid for that need to be reimbursed are: Lab/tech fees High budget school events Graduation fees Campus life ASWU undergraduate fees Room and Board Meal plans Health Insurance Parking pass and more Many of the departments are hands on classes, like architecture, fashion design, animation, film and more. We do not think it is fair to be paying for tuition that will not give us the education we paid for. This goes for the classes that are not so much hands on, but more research, like psychology, marketing, business and so on. They also pay a lot of the same fees as many other departments do, but once these classes go online, we will no longer be physically in school to learn, interact, and use the tools provided to us from school. Many students have paid out of pocket, aside from paying for their tuition, buying certain things for their classes. Now that these items can no longer be returned or used, the least that should be done is reimbursing us our tuition. Many students have taken out private or Federal loans, many students’ parents have had to pay out of pocket, and many students have taken money out of their savings accounts in order to pay for their tuition, but with classes being canceled and turned into online classes, we think that we are overpaying for something we did not sign up for in the first place. Some students don’t have the resources at home to complete classes online. Some only rely on what campus has to offer them in the hopes of finishing their degree. As students, we have struggled a lot to come up with enough money to pay for our education/tuition. Our families have had to give up a lot in the process to help us get the education we deserve. With COVID-19 spreading, many families are out of jobs without any pay, this puts major stress on families trying to provide their child the education they deserve. It is upsetting to see their hard work go to waste as well as ours. It is only appropriate that we get reimbursed for the percentage that we deserve. With all due respect, Concerned students of Woodbury University in Burbank Ca.
Petition to NYS Board of Regents, Andrew M. Cuomo
Say NO to NY Permanent Virtual Education
NY Governor Cuomo is partnering with Bill Gates to “reimagine” education. In other words, virtual learning after the pandemic is over. Reminder: Gates backed and pushed the untested, expensive to taxpayers and controversial Common Core. Gates admitted it was a failure in 2018. Governor Cuomo initially decided to enlist NY in the Common Core. That resulted in a huge Common Core standardized test opt-out movement, about a quarter million strong to try to regain local control of education and common sense. Gates and Cuomo are up to no good once again, ignoring research and partnering to reimagine virtual schools. We don’t know all of the details just yet, but what we do know is alarming. Cuomo in his address today, questioned why we needed buildings when we have technology. As a parent, I know that our kids deserve real teachers to directly teach them, not a device. They deserve to be in a real school with activities and peers. Learning isn’t merely academic. Social-emotional learning is paramount and only happens in the context of relationships, which no electronic device can replace. This has been made crystal clear during the pandemic. Research has repeatedly shown that learning online isn’t nearly as effective as relational learning with teachers and peers. Online learning exclusively is developmentally inappropriate for N-12 students. Presently, during the pandemic, it is a necessity. A bandaid, not meant for long-term. Furthermore, reading comprehension isn’t as strong with scrolling and retention is poor when typing compared to writing studies have shown. Our kids need the right amount and kind of technology and then only as a tool, not the primary vehicle to learning. There are no shortcuts. NY students are not Bill Gate’s guinea pigs for his education experiments and agendas. Our governor doesn’t utilize research into best learning practices. Our NYS Board of Regents needs to be a student line of defense. Please sign this petition to show support for our traditional schools, children and teachers and then share this petition!
Petition to Board of University of Cincinnati
Partial housing and tuition refund to all students attending the University of Cincinnati
Due to the effects that the Corona virus has had on our college experience and education. I believe it is completely reasonable to ask for a partial housing and tuition refund. As college students, We contribute money towards those in class lectures. We are advised to stay home and not be on campus during this break, yet we still have to pay fully for room and board. Our college experience that we pay so much money for us being cut short due to this, and I believe it is unfair to not receive some sort of compensation. This petition is specifically for the University of Cincinnati, but I hope this sparks more petitions across all campuses that have been closed. Sending a thanks to whoever made the petition for Ohio State for giving me this idea, we all deserve better.
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.