Coronavirus College Closure Lawsuits
Holding Higher Learning Institutions Accountable for Student Losses
In America, prospective college students can expect to pay at least $10,000 a year in tuition, room, and board at public colleges and universities – and an average of $36,000 a year at a private institution. These financial commitments pose challenges for students and their families in the best of times. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and cause campus shutdowns, however, college students are facing a new blow, as many colleges and universities refuse to refund students for unused meal and housing plans or student service fees.
In this uncertain time, our higher education communities need to stick together and protect vulnerable families from suffering undue financial losses. If you or your family are having trouble getting a fair refund from your college or university after a coronavirus-related closure, our class action attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley can provide skilled legal representation for your case.
For more information on how we can assist, contact our Sacramento team today at (916) 520-6639 or submit our online form. We offer free consultations.
Widespread College Closures Lead to Financial Losses
As of early April 2020, more than 200 universities and colleges across the country have shut down their campuses and moved their courses online. As a result, students have been asked to vacate their campuses, including dorms and college housing, leaving them with no option but to return home. However, because college students pay for room and board and student services right before the semester begins, students may also be leaving behind thousands of dollars in unused meal plans, housing, and other services.
Often referred to as “auxiliary fees,” room and board costs make up a significant percentage of each student’s college bill. Attempting to avoid any financial disruption, many colleges and universities are failing to provide a clear repayment plan for students who were forced to vacate campuses and student housing early, claiming that these auxiliary fees are “essential” to their operation. Some have also outright refused to refund students’ money.
Committed to Representing Students and Families
While colleges and universities are facing financial pressure, auxiliary fees are not their only source of revenue – and regardless of the cost, these institutions have a responsibility to honor the law and return money for unused services. For some families, that money could prove critical to surviving the coronavirus crisis intact and debt-free.
At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, we recommend speaking with an attorney if your college or university is failing to refund your room and board costs or student services fees. Although it may be possible to negotiate with college administrators in some cases, it’s important that we hold negligent institutions accountable for causing unnecessary financial losses for families. If you need assistance in California or anywhere in the nation, our Sacramento-based legal team can offer over a century of legal experience to help you recover your losses.
Contact us at (916) 520-6639 today to get started with a free consultation.