I have been reading so many posts about COVID-19 and even watched ASU reluctantly provide an optional refund to my junior. Yet - no refund for the athletic fees (free tickets to to NCAA events on campus), the rec center fee and the honors college fee (which was for programs that had to be called off.
I get that last spring was different, but for this fall - why am I also being asked to pay these student fees when it isn’t likely students will be able to attend the rec center (gov closed it) or athletic events?
In addition, with the growing concern about the cost of college, college completion rates, safety, violence, and refunds, I think that as families we may need to assert our rights more clearly.
Does anyone else agree that we would all benefit from a student / family - Bill of Rights needs to be established. Given the cost of college it seems like college needs a warning label for students and their families? Paying for college - like other large consumer purchases - will benefit from real consumer protections and transparency.
What do you think should be included?
Here are some of my ideas:
- all degrees are not worth the same investment so be careful with how much you pay for any particular degree
- all universities are not worth the same investment so be careful what you pay to one particular school
- schools have terms and conditions regarding your payments and most often do not provide 100% refunds.
- schools are required to publish campus safety & crime statistics in the Clery Report - but hundreds report that no thefts, fires or sexual assaults occur on their campus