During the last week of April, at the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) are being sued by the students demanding refunds of campus fees as the pandemic has left many schools and education systems closed to find alternative means of continuation through online courses provided by the schools. This class-action lawsuit was filed within federal courts based in Los Angeles and Oakland by students demanding partial refunds on tuition and campus fees as the students believe they are not getting the full caliber of education they were promised.
Fees could range from around $850 – $4000 as students must pay for library, pool, and on campus gym privileges; or about $393 per quarter for student services alone. On top of that, campus-based fees can vary differently.
For example Claire Brandmeyer, a Junior Psych-major at UC Davis, is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Brandmeyer feels UC system students are owed refunds of $1,100 for the campus fees. Nearly $2,000 of tuition fees go towards things like Unitrans, health services, the Memorial Union, and other campus facilities they no longer have access to, as more than half of campus based fees go towards maintenance.
Campuses have been closed since March and despite the suspension of campus operations, the university systems are charging students full tuition. The UC Office President already announced tuition will not be reduced or refunded even if classes are taught remotely in the 2020-21 academic year. Class-action lawsuits demanding tuition refunds have also been filed against Ivy League Schools including Brown, Colombia, and Cornell University.