Should colleges going remote due to the pandemic reduce tuition? | The Tylt

Should colleges going remote due to the pandemic reduce tuition?

Many colleges are moving to remote instruction for Fall courses due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic. It's a necessary move that will protect both students, faculty, and staff.

However, some students argue they should not be charged the full amount for tuition—they are not receiving the same education they would be receiving in-person. This problem is exacerbated by fields that require practical education like lab work or fine arts.

Colleges argue the tuition cost is going towards all of the work needed to support faculty and staff to make remote education work. With funding elsewhere impacted due to the pandemic, many colleges need the tuition money to keep staff employed and things running. 

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Students argue remote instruction is inferior to in-person classes and so their tuition should be reduced. They are paying a lot of money and going into debt for their education—colleges need to hold up their end of the deal. While schools make the argument that remote education is just a good as in-person, the actual implementation of remote courses has been hit or miss. 

Things like fieldwork and practical labs are essential for students, especially in STEM fields. Remote education does not provide students with the hands on experience and education that they need for those fields. 

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Converting courses to remote education is not a simple and easy task. First, the expenses schools have when it comes to education has not changed—professors, grad students and other staff need to be paid. The pandemic has not made anything cheaper. Adding on the effort to convert to remote education and adaption existing courses means more work done at the administrative and supporting levels to utilize technology and education platforms—that requires money and expertise to accomplish. 

While the student experience will be different, students are still getting their education. Remote classes, done right, are not ineffective. Just as much learning occurs remotely as it does in person. Vice president emeritus for enrollment at Dickinson College Robert J. Massa makes the argument for maintaining tuition here for Inside Higher Ed:

During this pandemic, lives have been taken and jobs have been lost, creating undue stress and hardships for most Americans and indeed for people throughout the world. Colleges are not exempt from these hardships, nor are the students they serve.
Students need to understand that the very existence of their college may be at stake as the economic fallout from the pandemic becomes apparent. Meanwhile, colleges must do all they can to help students through this difficult time so that they can complete their education, earn their degree and launch their lives. Ultimately, that is what students and families want, and that is what their tuition dollars make possible.
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