Why The Move To Online Instruction Won’t Reduce College Costs

from Brookings

As COVID-19 swept across the country in March, colleges shuttered and millions of students and instructors were propelled into a world of distance education. Institutional leaders are now grappling with how to provide a quality education over the academic year ahead while also guarding the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Online instruction is a core component of many colleges’ strategies, with a growing number abandoning in-person plans for the fall. Questions about the feasibility, quality, equity, and costs of online instruction sit front and center. Our recent analysis suggests that the difficulty of shifting instruction online is likely to vary across fields of study, and that movement to online education is unlikely to reduce instructional costs.

Students have rightly lamented the loss of face-to-face interaction with professors and access to on-campus facilities. Ample evidence suggests that students are less successful in online formats, especially students who are least prepared, and even in formats that blend online instruction with in-person support. Some students have called for tuition refunds due to perceived cost savings and lower quality of online instruction. At the same time, colleges face extraordinary budget woes from lost state and tuition revenue and increased need for student aid. If online instruction produced substantial cost savings, this would give institutions a bit more wiggle room to confront such challenges.

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  1. In the months leading up to this new semester, I heard many of my friends, family and coworkers complain that college tuition prices had not been significantly reduced. I personally expected costs to be lower because I heard in my freshman business and economics classes that the shift from a brick and mortar model to an online model has dramatically reduced operating costs for several companies such as Amazon. I never considered that the online college model we now find ourselves in does not directly translate. This could partially be attributed to the fact that this model is new for large portions of the faculty, and institutions are still trying to figure out an effective blueprint for operating online, rather than in person. For example, the article states that many institutions are having trouble determining what size is appropriate for an online class. The additional services required to compensate for an online class’ reduced effectiveness may nullify any potential reduction in cost. Some majors will have a more difficult time being transitioned into an online format than others. The costs associated with this may be large as well. These issues are being worked out in this initial phase of mass online schooling, therefore we may not see the cost benefits of a fully functional online college experience until many years down the road. Additionally, the article states that much of the information on the relationship between online coursework and costs is not readily available and the analysis they have done is based on pre-COVID information. A pre-COVID online transition is bound to be different to a post- COVID one, due to the global nature of the pandemic and its effect on multiple industries. The applications that facilitate online learning have developed substantially over the past couple months in order to deal with this sudden and massive demand for them. We as students have all experience this with Teams and its various recent updates. This unified effort towards online development is bound to affect how the online classroom operates in unprecedented ways. For example, my classes last semester regressed into a series of recorded lectures after March. My in the week since school started has been vastly superior. All this is to say that a sudden shift to online schooling has introduced a whole host of new factors which have not yet played themselves out. I personally think that considerations like the effectiveness of online classes or the logistics of transitioning certain majors pose extremely short term problems. The concept of online classes has only been around for a few decades at most, and now the entire world has an incentive to develop it further. I would be extremely surprised if these problems persist into next year.

  2. During Spring 2020, I was wondering if the education would have been cheaper or more expensive in the United States since it was not sure to go back to normal education. In fact, here we are again with another online semester. However, as a student who comes from Italy to study in the United States, college is a big expense, since education in Italy is almost free for anybody. I have started to think that US education is expensive since you have many resources while you are in college. The American college’s resources cannot be compared with the Italian structures, so I think that the amount of money that my family pays is right. However, my family complained why the tuition was the same even if I will stay home for the entire semester, and I could not understand how too. The university, however, provides the same services even if I am in Italy, and they provide the same resources, so I think that maintaining those services will cost more than usual since they need to provide the exact thing to many students who are not located in South Orange. I think that this article makes a right point on explaining why remote college costs the same.

  3. As a college student, being sent home for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester came with one common question: what refunds will we receive from the University? After receiving partial housing and dining refunds, we were quick to wonder whether or not our tuition would be reduced. At first many students petitioned for this refund, with lawsuits even being filed across the United States against universities. I was quick to support this movement and found that very logical arguments were being made. However, I was not taking the needs of adapting universities into consideration.

    Now beginning my Fall 2020 semester as a fully remote student, it is very apparent why tuition costs were not lowered by universities across the nation. Although less students are on campus and less funds are needed for housing and dining services, many new costly additions offset that small increase in savings. Improved technology was needed campus-wide for professors teaching remotely. More professors had to be hired for the creation of additional smaller classes for a course. Training on how to operate this new technology was needed for professors and students. Additional assistance for students from undeserved backgrounds and for those struggling academically was needed. All of these costs (and more) clearly amount to the decision to not lower tuition costs. It is true that the experience of online learning is nowhere near the experience of in-person classes, but a lot has been done to attempt to combat this difference. This blog truly gave me the perspective needed to accept this fact. We are all learning together how to complete tasks differently because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With time will come better improvements and more of an understanding from everyone involved. Right now, it is crucial to focus on doing the best with what we have and remembering that we are all in this together.

  4. The entirety of this article is an extraordinarily poor attempt at justifying the outrageous prices that universities charge for tuition. Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, many, including myself, would argue that the price of attending a university, especially a private one, was already exaggerated beyond a limit that would constitute “fair.” Taking into consideration the financial situation(s) of its students, universities are well-aware that many of us are not capable of outright affording the comical bills that are demanded to be made. Why are the prices so high, then? Loans. That is why. The college loan, whether it be subsidized or unsubsidized, is the true-and-simple cause of this borderline disheartening reality. Fundamentally, a student loan to college tuition is health insurance to hospital medical billing. Until we recognize that before the pandemic, college pricing had increased far past ‘just’ an adjustment to inflation, and has not better fit the academic environment, we are wasting both time and energy.
    So, in turn of events, students have been restricted to mostly learning from the comfort of their own homes. Undergraduate and graduate students alike supply themselves with the largest tool in the delivery method of their education: access to the Internet. Why, then, have the prices remained the same? Most of us are not on-campus, the cost of transportation has certainly decreased, housing rates tanked, the cost of food supply has dwindled, and the probability of succeeding in a remote setting has stooped low. Let me summarize what Hemelt and Stange are saying with two key points, or takeaways. First, everyone was shocked that universities came up with a last-second, inadequate excuse as to why pricing will remain the same. Second, here are some graphs that support why colleges will not change their prices. It is all smoke and mirrors, a deception that allows the university to pocket the same amount of green with a fraction of the value added to our futures.
    On another note, the coronavirus disease has manifested itself more into a symbol of greed and foolishness than it has a lethal threat to the safety of our nation. Rather than incentivize the prevention of contracting COVID-19, our feeble-minded politicians (keep in mind, we elected them, thus it should say a thing or two about who we are) prioritize meaningless mandates and arrogant attitudes towards the public. For example, when this first began, your local Wal-Marts and CVS’s hopped onto the train of panic and scare-tactic bandwagon, pumping out hand sanitizers and toilet paper rolls left and right. They could not simply keep up with the demand for our “essential” needs in life; all the masks, gloves, and soaps the eye could see, all found in Aisles 5 and 6. Why use this as a means to accentuate the notion that the cost of instruction does not decrease for remote learning? Sound to me like someone is lying through their teeth.
    I am not impressed with the rationale in this article. In fact, I am disappointed. A proper and thorough explanation would speak volumes. The article’s explanation attributed no cost reduction in remote learning to the cost of instruction and lack of competence of the university with technology. Seriously? If my own professors, the bright minds that are supposed to instruct me on how to become a well-informed and better man, cannot figure out a solution to online teaching, then why should I be held to the standard of paying full-price for half the experience? The headline should have been, “Amidst the Pandemic, College Pricing Remains the Same Because Colleges Said So.”

  5. I remember when in March we all got an email that we would be doing online classes for the next two weeks. A short break from school quickly turned into an epidemic which turned into a pandemic. Teachers and students were left confused and unsure about how to continue with the rest of the year. I even had a teacher quit two days after online classes started. Now that we are starting a new year and most students are staying in their rooms, it only feels right that we are saving money. To us students, there should be no way we are paying the same amount, and especially not more if we are basically still in high school. We do not get to experience the main reasons we chose our schools, such as their locations, countless resources, or the face to face experience that so many people need in order to learn. Additionally, multiple of my classes do not even have online meetings. I am given a week or two worth of work each Sunday and by the end of that week I must submit my work. This defeats the purpose of going to college because I could have taught myself this material without having to pay so much money. Now, I am teaching myself as well as having to pay a higher tuition this year and probably for the rest of my time at college, which seems unfair and almost insulting. However, it might not be that simple. From my experience, many teachers have been telling us that they have spent more money than ever trying to improve their home setup so they can have a successful school year. Schools are also being forced into spending money to improve their technology in classrooms to support both in-person and online classes.
    It still seems as if no one truly knows what they are doing. COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, yet so many colleges are allowing students to come and spread their germs. There is no way to ensure that all students are following the rules and for all of the incoming freshmen, can you blame them? They did not get a prom nor a graduation, and right after being locked in their houses for six months they are thrown into an area with hundreds of kids in the same situation as them, starved for social interactions. It seems like the money these schools stand to lose if they close campus is more important than the risk of hundreds if not thousands of students lives. In my opinion and the opinions of many people, colleges inevitably will be closed and even if all colleges are willing to offer refunds to things such as room and board, the only reason kids are back at campus is to squeeze any bit of money out of them, disregarding their wellbeing.
    Colleges and the students are going to have to work together and make sacrifices because this is an unprecedented time where there might be no right answer. This article takes the side of colleges and provides many examples of why college should not be cheaper, an idea that is definitely contested.

  6. Being a college student in the second semester of my first year and getting sent home was a devastation. Not only was being sent home upsetting, as many would be missing out on getting a college experience, but people were still paying full tuition for what? I understand that we did get a partial payback for our housing and meal plans, but that does not make up for the amount of money being spent towards tuition. After COVID-19 was named a pandemic and many lives had changed with businesses closing or not making any profit, the government saw that and made a change. The President singed into law the CARES Act which gave businesses emergency relief resources. While seeing how the government was taking care of these businesses, I thought schools and colleges would be as well. That was not true however, and in fact, Seton Hall itself raised the cost of tuition, not keeping in mind those affected by the pandemic. With my mind set on the raising of tuition or keeping it the same to be absurd, I did not take into account the colleges side of things.

    When I began to read the section of the article talking about lowering tuition of colleges, Hemelt and Stange (the authors) discussed how the costs would not be lowered. They argued that moving classes online would bring a 1.04% of change in tuition. It is understood that, that is a small change, yet that is only for 10% of classes moved online. Rutgers, for example, is 100% online and remote, yet there was no change in cost of tuition. That 1.04% cost difference is now 10.4%. Taking 10.4% off of the total tuition for Rutgers and any school for that matter is a considerable amount of money. Even taking that 1.04% off will have an impact that will help college students, especially with loans. In an unexplained way, colleges seem continue to argue that changes to tuition cannot be made and students feel that they are not trying hard enough to make those necessary changes.

    It is unfortunate and infuriating that colleges are not making any decisions to beneficially and positively impact their students lives. When more than half of any school is online, there should be automatic cuts, as there aren’t as many kids eating in the dining hall, using the dorms/residences, and more. With less students using school facilities, it means that they are not paying as much for food, maintenance, and water/gas bills. The less used, the more money students should be getting back.

    This pandemic affected many lives and continues to in any which way. What challenges these people more is when they have to pay full tuition for not even attending school in person. It is not okay and a change needs to be made to better the lives of those affected by COVID-19 and it first starts with college costs and tuition.

  7. When COVID-19 forced colleges to convert to online education last March, one of my friends was expressing to me how he thought he should be compensated for the poor education he was receiving to conclude the spring semester. Personally, I did not have any issues with the online format because I felt that my professors kept the class the same online as it was off. I did think that we deserved general compensation because I could not see a world where college became more expensive due to operating online. When schools announced that online education would continue, we were under the impression that Seton Hall would be cheaper because there would be fewer operating costs with less students on campus. However, to our surprise, Seton Hall’s tuition had risen, and we could not grasp why. In the business world, it is cheaper to run an online business as opposed to a brick and motor business. This can be read about here. I figured it would directly carry over because I did not think about the factors that were talked about in the article. In the article they use a pre-COVID-19 study and use it to predict the cost of moving some courses online. This will not be accurate and will be different then a post-COVID-19 studies because many things have changed since last March. In the article it states, “Evidence on the relationship between online coursework and costs is sparse;” These past six months have provided plenty of information regarding an online format. I think they will develop models and come up with procedures to balance out the cost of online courses especially since everyone is forced into this situation. Within the past few years, online services have completely put stores out of business (i.e. department stores). This has happened because it is more efficient to do shopping and other things online as opposed to going in person. I believe that as time goes on technology and online schooling methods will become more cost efficient. Due to there being such a need for online resources, many companies have taken huge strides to satiate those needs. Schools will not be far behind. In conclusion, applications like Microsoft teams has continuously updated its program for us to have a software called “Teams”. Technology will only continue to grow. The problems that schools are coming across financially will work themselves out as we continue to gather data.

  8. The world of online learning is upon us and it is a learning curve. Classes are not hands-on and require much more dedication to study time since a lot of our work is assigned to do on our own and not in a class. The classes I took last semester in a classroom setting do not compare to the online courses this semester. Unfortunately, us, students, do not have a choice. Our health is at risk and it is a risk we cannot take. With this being said, I think it is absurd that universities are raising their tuition prices. Online learning is inferior to the classroom setting, and as a student I do not feel as successful. Even though, personally, I am working hard to stay on top of all my work and keep up with my courses, this is not the case for students across the country. Students are lacking the motivation they need to get work done since they are at home. Being at a university, there are opportunities to go to a library or study in one of the classrooms, at your house there are distractions and your mind is not fully focused. We have not been taking online classes long enough to survey if grades have fallen or risen since online courses started, but this would be a factor in the cost of tuition. If students’ grades are dropping because of lack of professors’ commitment to teach, then tuition should not be raised. This semester at Seton Hall, I was shocked to see that tuition increased by over 3%. Even though 3% is not a large increase, it makes a difference when the quality of teaching is average, or below average. Seton Hall is not cheap and other universities are even more expensive, so for students to throw away thousands of dollars on average learning, it is just not worth it. As a business major, online courses are not as difficult compared to a nursing major or a performing arts major, where students must be present in a lab or studio. Due to the inability of professors teaching in a classroom because of health reasons it is impossible to meet face-to-face. Although it is impossible that does not mean students should have to spend more money on low quality teaching, when they are in a field that must meet face-to-face to learn. Universities’ raising their prices is also since they are losing thousands of dollars, but why should students suffer? If the world was normal and students studied at universities it would be logical to increase the price, but unfortunately it is not logical to raise tuition prices when the quality of learning has decreased.

  9. COVID-19 hit universities across the country very hard in March, forcing them to send every student home and turn to online instruction. This quick shift disrupted many students’ lives and was difficult for many to adjust to the new learning method, including myself. It is now six months later, and the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat in the United States. While many schools around the country have reduced or froze tuition for the 2020-2021 school year, some decided to increase tuition, including Seton Hall University.
    Students and parents are arguing that it is not fair for a tuition increase if a school is strictly having remote instruction. Many students, including myself, feel that in person instruction is much more effective to learn material. When I am at home, I actually feel that I am less productive because I have so many distractions. There are people talking in other rooms of my house, phones ringing, and landscapers outside mowing lawns. At least when you are in person, it is quiet and the only one talking is the professor. We have had no choice but to adapt to the new way of learning, but if I were given the choice, I would rather have in person instruction. Seton Hall University came up with the HyFlex plan which consisted of two groups of students alternating between online and in person. When this plan came out, I was excited that I would be able to return to campus and learn in person. However, four out of my six classes this semester were converted to fully remote, which meant I would only be going to class on campus one day per week. Since I am a commuter student, I felt that it would be a waste of money between gas and a parking pass if I chose HyFlex.
    While many people are arguing over the tuition increase, I can actually see both sides to the argument. Since March, millions of people have lost their jobs and filed for unemployment. Business owners were forced to shut down and have no source of revenue. It is safe to say that even though people are returning to work, a lot of families are still struggling with their finances. The cost of college is insanely high already and increasing tuition in times like these are making things more difficult.
    If you look at it in Seton Hall’s point of view, the school lost an insane amount of money from having to shutdown Spring 2020 semester. They had to dish out hundreds of thousands of dollars in housing and dining reimbursements as well as losing revenue from the school’s basketball team not participating in the NCAA tournament. Regardless of how many people argue it, the school is a business and still needs money to operate. They have to pay all the employees and faculty of the school as well invest in all this new equipment for HyFlex and remote instruction, which is not cheap. I understand why the raised the tuition…it is just bad timing with so many people out of work and struggling with their finances.
    While I still would rather in-person instruction, I do not have many complaints for remote learning this semester. Compared to last semester, professors are well prepared and educated with Microsoft and Blackboard. It should be interesting how the rest of the semester plays out and if Seton Hall goes online again in Spring 2021. While the tuition increase is a pain for many families, including mine, the 3% increase only comes out to a few hundred dollars. We should just be glad that the school did not raise it more being that they lost so much money due to COVID-19.

  10. When the pandemic hit and I received the email campus would be closing for two weeks, I didn’t really think much of it. As days went on and news of the severity of this virus progressed, I began to accept we would likely be fully online for the semester. However, I did think we would receive at least some portion of tuition back. Upon receiving the refunds for meal plans and housing I was shocked to see Seton Hall had not refunded any portion of tuition. The transition to online learning was an adjustment for everyone, which I fully understand, but my classes spring semester were highly unorganized. The level of education I received online fell short of what I was receiving in person. The pandemic has caused many families to take a financial hit. After spring semester, I believed universities would likely lower the tuition to those fully online, but to my surprise they raised tuition. This was frustrating for myself and many other students. Not only was the education lesser of what we received in person but furthered the financial turmoil many families are facing due to the pandemic. Being a private institution, our tuition is incredibly high. This is a cost I am willing to pay because of the quality of the education I receive. With being online, the education is simply not as good. The blog says, “Ample evidence suggests that students are less successful in online formats,” furthering the point that the cost does not equate to the education received online. While I do see that costs may not have substantially decreased even with switching to online, it is hard to grasp that a tuition increase is reasonable in any way. I understand that universities have lost tuition revenue and there is a greater need for student aid, but I wonder then where is the federal funding going institutions have received? The article addresses this as, “At the same time, colleges face extraordinary budget woes from lost state and tuition revenue and increased need for student aid. If online instruction produced substantial cost savings, this would give institutions a bit more wiggle room to confront such challenges.” The challenge is not clear to me. The additional student aid needed was distributed through the CARES Act which was federally funded, so how is that an additional challenge for universities? While I am still grateful to be able to receive higher education, I think it is unreasonable to raise tuition rather than lower it when the quality of education received is much lower. The Universities remain unscathed while students suffer the biggest hit of all.

  11. Going through this blog I can relate a lot to what the author goes over. As a student during this time I can confidently say that I enjoy in class learning and believe I learn better from being in class. Sitting at home not in class not only am I not enjoying the college experience as much, but I am not retaining as much as I believe I would be if I were in class. I understand that the college also has expenses and needs to pay their own bills, but I do not agree with increasing college tuition currently. Yes, the college is giving out more financial aid to the students who are less fortunate, but I at least would have liked the tuition to stay the same as last year. One third of the students are not on campus at all over this semester. This means that the college does not have to spend as much money on food or on events around campus. With the virus going around the school should be saving a lot of money, so my question is, why must the tuition go up. I know for a fact that Rowan lowered tuition ten percent because of the corona virus and Rutgers and many other in New Jersey kept the tuition price the same this year as last. It even says in the blog about why costs will not reduce costs that, “Evidence on the relationship between online coursework and costs is sparse.” If this is the case, then why is tuition rising. For people who are less fortunate many cannot afford a three and a half percent raise in tuition. It also states in the article that, “institution-level correlations suggest more online instruction is associated with lower sticker prices charged to students. Moreover, evidence on how online instruction differs by program and field is largely nonexistent.” I, as a student in college, do not agree with the price raise that Seton Hall underwent this semester and next. Overall, I just hope I can get back into school normally again soon. Not only me but I think everyone is sick of the whole corona virus. Although I do hope it is concluding soon, I do believe that it will most likely be around for another couple of years at least, unless someone finds a cure soon. In conclusion, I do believe that keeping costs of tuition the same would have been for the best, not raising them.

  12. As a college student, this blog instantly caught my eye. The debate on whether colleges should reduce tuition since most is online has been going on from the moment every student got sent home from their universities. I was hopeful to have in-person classes this semester but as the author mentioned lots of schools have “abandoned their in-person plans”. A big aspect of students wanting reduced tuition prices is the fact that “students have rightly lamented the loss of face-to-face interaction with professors and access to on-campus facilities.” Losing the face-to-face learning and on-campus facilities is awful and definitely raises a fair point for wanting to reduce tuition. I agree with the author on his point that “students are less successful in online formats”. It is so hard to remain 100% focused when school is online. Having class in person is really important and is something that needs to return soon if tuition is not reduced. A big issue that has been happening across the country is opening the school and then sending students home shortly after. The schools collect the student’s tuition and then send them home a week after. That is really bad because students are paying for the fact that they would be on campus. To pull the rug from under them after a week is really awful and a terrible look for the schools such as James Madison University and North Carolina just to name a few. I found it interesting that the author mentioned how some universities have no choice but to keep tuition prices the same or even raise them, like Seton Hall did. Schools are losing tons of money from the pandemic. The schools lose money by students transferring or deferring, less students joining the university, and from students not being on campus. I personally think lowering the tuition makes sense, but I do understand that the universities are losing tons of money. If the universities are not going to reduce the tuition, they should invest their money on better equipment for online instruction. Since we have been online the overall quality of instruction has not been great. There have been technical issues among other problems. If the university improves their problems students would not be asking for tuition reductions. For the time being school will continue to be online so this issue will not go away. I hope the universities and students can find some middle ground on tuition prices.

  13. Very recently, I have had a change of heart regarding the tuition rate in my university. In the spring, I felt as though I was deserving of a partial tuition refund considering I felt the quality of my education severely diminished. I believe this was because of my sudden physical and emotional departure from Seton Hall. In my first semester, I had made plenty of friends, made memories, and changed my lifestyle. I was more independent and was able to manage my time more effectively to suit my own needs. I found myself at the gym almost every day bettering myself without any influence outside of my own determination. I was the best version of myself. To be removed from school so suddenly to find myself back at home sitting through those same classes through the screen of a laptop seemed like a stark difference from what once was. I knew a refund for my housing was coming but I wasn’t sure about a tuition refund. Looking back, I now see the mistake that I made. While I realized that the school lost money (because almost everyone did), I didn’t think that they would withhold what I felt was money owed to me. What I should have seen was that it still cost the school more money than I can imagine to go online. What I didn’t take into account was that there were a lot of similar expenses that I didn’t think of like professor’s salaries, or just Seton Hall’s monthly and yearly expenses in general. Just because I saved money by not staying in a dorm this semester doesn’t mean that the university isn’t still funneling a similar amount of money into the school system. This blog post opened my eyes. When I saw the increase in tuition, I was actually bewildered. After reading this blog post I now see that for most universities there is a lack of support from governments. I have also learned that these colleges will need to implement more resources to help students learn during this trying time, and that governments need to work to open schools as soon as possible. It has been claimed by many that in person education yields better results than online education. However, in my opinion, it all depends on the student. Personally, I’ve learned to adapt relatively quickly, and I don’t really see this disconnect that many talk about when in an online class. I am personally able to stay just as engaged online as I would be at Seton Hall. Though I want to return to campus as soon as possible, I understand that we may take the time to ensure everyone will be safe. I didn’t take into account the immense amount of money that is involved with returning us to campus safely. This blog post helped me understand why tuition rates are what they are and that must be patient and ready to return to campus.

  14. Throughout the months of this pandemic leading up to the new semester, my parents and I anticipated and hoped for a decrease in tuition. We figured that moving to an online learning program that minimized our resources as students would result in cheaper tuition. We also felt that moving to online services would cut the costs that the university spent which may therefore lead to a decrease in tuition. Upon reading this article, it quickly became apparent to me why this wasn’t the case. I did not consider the fact that “colleges face extraordinary budget woes from lost state and tuition revenue and increased need for student aid.” I failed to realize the lack of wiggle room that universities had when determining tuition. If the lack of wiggle room in a university’s budget wasn’t enough reasoning, the article also pointed out, to my surprise, that the switch from in person to remote learning does not lower to long run costs for a university. This fact along with the lack if wiggle room that a university already has are plenty of evidence as to why me and my parents were wrong to assume a decrease in tuition would occur. Despite the lack of ability for universities to lower tuition, it still seems like something that should be done. Despite universities not saving much money by going to remote learning, the article states that “Ample evidence suggests that students are less successful in online formats, especially students who are least prepared, and even in formats that blend online instruction with in-person support.” Even with the cost that universities endure not significantly decreasing, this fact makes it feel as though tuition should still be lowered with online courses being provided rather than in person ones. Students being less successful in online settings would show that they are not receiving the quality of education that led to them choosing their university and electing to pay its tuition. As someone who struggles more in an online setting rather than in a classroom, I feel as though some sort of accommodations should be made to help a schools students. Despite my feelings about this, I do understand that universities are running a business in which their goal is one thing and one thing only: to make money.

  15. I think that this topic in particular holds more weight with all of us being college students, and I honestly see the incredibly complexity and difficulty to the situation regarding online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To begin, the process of teaching every teacher a completely new teaching style is incredibly difficult for many, and it is clear a fair number of teacher, understandably so, are having some struggles with this completely new experience. On top of this, many students have to learn how to use new online resources while also finding productive study environments and making sure to maintain sufficient connection and technological resources. This shows the process is difficult for the both the instructor and the instructed. While many families thinking from the consumer perspective respectfully believe that they deserve a tuition discount due to this new style that they may have not signed up for, you must think from the perspective of the university. They have lost tons of money throughout the pandemic and still have to maintain tons of services, such as employment wages, new equipment and cleaning for social distancing, as well just maintaining the university in general. Most schools simply just can’t afford even more financial hits, especially with many students either pulling out, taking a gap year, or at least backing out of the housing and meal plans on campus. The cancellation of many NCAA sports has also been a huge hit for many universities. If we as students want to make sure the quality of our beloved schools remains high throughout and after this pandemic, we must understand the hits they have taken and understand this isn’t something they can easily wiggle out of.

  16. When I received the email that universities were closing, I was devastated. The thought of not finishing my freshman year at school was hard to think about. Being in school had a tremendous amount of benefits such as living with roommates, extra-curricular activies, and more. The biggest advantage of being in school was being in class. However, when the pandemic started school started to shut down and “a growing number abandoning in-person plans for the fall”. When we were told that online classes were taking over for education, I was very nervous for my grades. Being at school and taking classes on a laptop creates a lot of distractions and it is nearly impossible for me to concentrate. Although my grades did not turn out terrible as I expected, I was still upset because I did not learn as much as I did compared to my first semester. When I took exams, I would just memorize the concept, straight from the textbook, instead of comprehending the information and actually learning the material. Another thought that came to my mind was a tuition refund. I thought that because school was getting cut, there was a chance we could get a refund for our education. However, the only refund that was given back were meal plans and dorming. I was very upset that every student, at Seton Hall University, were not refunded some of their tuitions because the most important part of school is education. At the end of the day, every student comes to college in order to gain a degree and hopefully boost their resume. Although I am very upset about the current situation with tuition refunds, I also must say that I can not blame the universities. Not only are students suffering, the schools suffer the most because they lose money from student transfers and no dorming for students. My point is everyone is suffering from the pandemic and it is a very unfortunate situation. Although I would love for schools to lower the tuition, I completely understand that they do not have a choice as schools are losing the most money. I do, however, believe that if the pandemic continues, schools should find an alternative and more effective way for teaching. Taking classes online can be very problematic due to technical issues. With that being said, if schools found a more cooperative and better experience for teaching, I believe that many students will be less upset and excited to learn again.

  17. As I was going through the blog and all of the topics, this topic has particularly caught my eye because it is very relatable. Pre-COVID19 I told my friends that online school would be so much better than in-person classes, because you can do whatever you want during class. To a degree that was true in high school, but completely false in higher education. As a student, I prefer being in person, and having a real human to human relationship with my teachers and fellow classmates. In my opinion, online learning is terrible and personally it is extremely hard to focus for an hour. Online classes limit student resources and completely eliminates the “college” experience. As it said on the website, students are less likely to be successful in online education. The article talks about how the prices would potentially increase if class sizes are reduced. In my opinion, students are 100% getting the shortest straw. We are put into a system where we are statistically less likely to succeed, we can’t have face to face interaction with our professors, and we have restricted access on campus. It seems like universities really care about one thing and that’s making money. Although I disagree with tuition and online education, I completely understand the standpoint of universities as most major universities are losing money not only from the amount of students enrolling but also the potential loss of sports which would be a massive loss of income. Lastly, it also brings up the question of if we were to be sent home will we get some sort of refund or would we just get completely ripped off?

  18. When I first received the email on Tuesday March 10th that stated school was going to be cancelled for the remainder of the week, I was excited at first for the next few days off. It was not until the following week when I started online classes that I understood that online classes were not what I thought they were going to be like. It came apparent to me how important being in an in-person classroom truly was. With the realization that the remainder of the 2020 spring semester was going to be compromised due to strict remote learning, I wondered what steps Seton Hall University would take to compensate the students for the rapid switch to online learning. Clearly all students thought that a refund in tuition should be made. Disappointingly however, the only things that were refunded were parking permits and student housing.

    Coming up this fall semester I was definitely expecting a reduction in tuition prices. A few of my friends have said that their colleges, such as Rutgers, have reduced their tuition costs since most of their students were taking their courses remotely. Similarly I, as well as all other Seton Hall students, expected there to be some type of tuition reduction. Come to find out that the tuition costs have seemed to increase from last year.

    The article, Why the move to online instruction won’t reduce college costs, Hemelt and Stange (the authors) claim that colleges would not be lowering their costs. The authors claimed that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, colleges have chosen to reduce the class sizes of each course. This has increased the necessity for more professors, which increases the payroll for the University. However, as I registered for my classes this year, I found no reduction of classroom sizes. There are still at least 30 students per class. This proves that there cannot have been an excessive increase in labor. In fact, with the reduction of student traffic on campus, maintenance should be at a low considering that most classrooms and facilities are not being operated. Claims have also been made stating that there was an excessive need to upgrade the technology for the use of online learning. However, a counter argument can be made stating that the technology that was used when the pandemic first hit worked adequately. When the pandemic hit, many Americans have lost their jobs, and some are still in a really hard economical time. Universities such as Seton Hall should have taken this into consideration when they increased the tuition costs for students.

  19. While I agree with the author of this blog that Universities have less wiggle room to reduce costs for students attending class remotely when they are financially strapped with lost state and tuition revenue. I as a college student find online classes not as beneficial as face to face encounters with my professors. Missing, is peer to peer rapport and networking that is essential for a meaningful educational experience. Although students are expected to get the same quality of educational virtually, they are left at times feeling unsatisfied with their overall experience. In addition, online education would not work with non-traditional classes such as lab-based science and speaking classes. Technology also imposes issues for students with disadvantageous backgrounds. For example, students may not have access to internet and may need to travel to a public place to utilize free Wi-Fi. This only leads to more complications with public restrictions due to COVID-19. No matter the amount of effort and struggle that Universities go through to replicate an in-person education, the result will never be comparable to a classroom setting. Face to face interaction is part of the educational experience. Learning how to communicate effectively and building lifelong professional connections are formed within the classroom. Accountability and productivity are hard to judge when the professor has not met the student in person. Some students may be experiencing hardships that may be difficult for the student to reach out to a professor that they have not met in person. In turn, the professor may be more sympathetic toward the student if they met face to face. The dilemma for Universities is that they must retain quality professors while paying for the upkeep of classrooms and buildings until the return of the students to campus. In the end, students are paying the same amount of money for an education of lesser quality.

  20. Online classes pose many issues for the University and its students. Besides problems with students getting a quality education, there are also robust infrastructure requirements to deliver a secure connection between teacher and class. COVID has pushed the limits of university budgets, and I think that could be for the better. It’s no secret that college prices are skyrocketing past inflation and quality of education. School administration accounts for most of the cost, and federally backed loans are subsidizing it at the student’s future expense. Forcing schools to look at their bottom line and figure out how to pay for the online infrastructure has the potential to reveal some wasteful costs. The short term costs required to move to an all-digital or HyFlex model were also inevitable, and taking the time now to upgrade equipment and increase cybersecurity is not a bad thing. Moving from costs to funding, schools losing some state funding, and students not having access to the same funds decreases the revenue universities can expect. An in-depth analysis of the University’s bottom line is long overdue, and COVID is making it necessary.
    This isn’t to say that COVID is entirely a good thing. Many universities might not be able to handle such a sudden switch in the budget. There are many hidden costs in a switch to online education. It’s not only laptops and webcams for each professor but also the training of professors and IT staff to set up remote instruction. Cybersecurity is another problem. It is a lot easier to control an in house network with limited access points outside of campus. It is a whole other game when every teacher and every student has a laptop routing through campus. The technical skill required to set up a secure system is immense, and the process is time-consuming, so I can sympathize with University administrators who have to learn a lot, fast. However, the prices they charge are still overinflated, and the way the federal loan system is set up borders with extortion, so looking at the bottom line like this is a harsh reminder not to get greedy.

  21. Before I even read this article, the title really grasps me because I am someone who lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and goes to school 317 miles away in South Orange, New Jersey, and still pays the same amount as if I would if I lived on campus. (Minus room & board) And I would also like to say that I also sympathize with the teachers, especially the ones who are not tech-savvy because this whole situation is difficult for them too. I could imagine that it would be extremely difficult for universities to decide what is a good fair amount to alter the price to, but then that could hurt the university because they have things that need to be paid for too. I don’t quite understand what college does with all the money that they get from tuition because that it is a lot but either way, they have financial deadlines that need to be met just like everyone else. From the student’s perspective, some students may not be able to learn as well virtually, but in an unprecedented time, they are forced to adapt. I can see why students believe that no change in the price of tuition is not fair, but it would be extremely difficult to restructure the financial plan for students. I agree with the article that even if we continue to have an online school, it will lower the cost of school in the long run because people are still willing to pay the full price. I do not know for sure how all this COVID stuff will unfold, but I would not be surprised if this is not the last semester where we see the HyFlex model. A college education is perceived as the necessary step in order to get into the real world and that is why I do not think people will stop paying it. Also, I sit in front of my computer the same amount of time that I would be sitting in the classroom, and that gives the universities leverage to still charge the full amount because it is not their fault that we are home- not the students either. It is also pretty much impossible to do college without a laptop, so it excuses anyone from not being able to attend. Ultimately, I understand both sides, but they are not going to lower the price unless it is mandated by a higher power.

  22. While I do agree with how classes will struggle with most degrees that require to be in person, I feel as if universities are not wanting to change prices of tuition for students on purpose. If universities were to change the tuition to be cheaper this would show that they are willing to lower the price of there education, they are giving. The resources on campus are at a lower cost now that classes are online so where is the extra money going? In the article it says that the money will be going to aid more students with COVID financial issues. While I believe this is correct for some institutions, others I feel are pocketing this money to help with the financial lost of last year. I do not feel this is right of universities to do because pandemics effect everyone in every way. Most families developed financial problems which was broadcasted with the stipend given to families, so what makes university’s think it is humane to charge full price for school.
    It was brought up that some degrees will struggle with being online. This is completely true because students that need to take labs can not be online due to in person being required. I think that institutions needed to adopt the idea of Hy-Flex faster to give their students a piece of mind of what is about to be adopted. With this being said, others would think that class loads of homework will be slimmed down due to making sure everyone understands the material. With experiencing it firsthand I would say that the article is in correct. My class load has doubled since being online due to professors making sure all the students understand what is being taught. This is not as simple as one worksheet, this has tripled to three to make sure everyone is on the page. Not only is work getting more time consuming, but it is allowing students to have no choice to learn.
    Overall, I believe online classes can work if everyone is provided with the tools to succeed. These tools are lowering tuition alongside doing the work to succeed. I think that the medical field will struggle to adapt the most but overall, most majors I believe will survive. If everything works out, I would not be surprised if this became the new normal.

  23. As the author suggests, “there has been a growing number abandoning in person plans for the fall”. Since March 2020, the pandemic has forced schools to close and turn to online instruction. As we all know and understand college is by no means cheap. Since we had to switch to online, I have heard many students like myself complain that college tuition this year has not been reduced. Instead, my school will have a reduction in its tuition starting for the Fall of 2021 by lowering its base tuition from $45,120 to $35,000 however, I think it would be best if we lowered it for this year and next. My school may not have lowered its tuition this year however, it did freeze its tuition. The institution also gave refunds to the students who lived on campus. I respect the decision to place a tuition freeze and to refund what they could. I think we have to take into consideration that schools have taken a loss as they still have to pay salaries.
    This fall semester, my school has come up with a plan that they think would benefit those who like online and for those who like in person. For the first 3 weeks, courses will be conducted online. After those initial three weeks classes will become hybrid until Thanksgiving, then after Thanksgiving it will go back to remote learning for the remainder of the semester. They also did give us the choice to choose only online classes. I personally enjoy online classes however, I do think that some classes need in person learning. For instance, I know I would never be able to learn math remotely. As the article suggests “hands-on activities in the lab-based sciences and performance arts may be especially hard to transform into online substitutes”.
    After reading the article, I found it fascinating that analysis shows that online learning does not alter the cost equation. I like any one else would think that it would impact it in some way however that is not the case. As the article suggests “there is debate about the appropriate size for online courses relative to traditional in-person classes, with some institutions imposing lower enrollment caps for online classes due to quality concerns”. I find this interesting as I have not noticed that my class has been impacted that way. For instance in my Business Law class there are about 25 students which sounds relatively normal.

  24. Ever since March nothing has been the same. At first students were excited to have an extended spring break. But then remote instruction was announced for two weeks, later the whole month of April, until it was the end of the semester. Throughout that time, students and even faculties were all confused with the situation and no one knew the correct answers to the questions that were being asked. College students all over the United States were being sent home and had to move to remote instruction, we all began to think that a tuition refund will be distributed due to the loss of in person lectures. However, the only refund that was sent out was for room and dining. There was news of lawsuits being filed for return of partial tuition. Students were even petitioning for the return of partial tuition at my school. I, myself, even jumped to signing the petition. Then as the fall 2020 semester creeped in and word about continuing remote instruction was being announced, students and parents were expecting reduced tuition prices. But that did not occur and my family, friends and even myself were outraged at the idea that tuition was not reduced even with lower operation cost due to remote learning. Yet I am confused why some colleges opened up for students to stay on campus and dine. COVID-19 is going to be here for a while, or at least till a vaccine can be found. It will be very hard to ensure everyone on campus is following the rules of the pandemic especially since the students are seeking social interaction. I just feel like if they were going to do remote learning they might as well keep the students at home for their own safety but, because they opened the campus for room and dining it seems to me the universities are just trying to get as much money as they can from the students. While some kids did decide to stay home for their safety. But now by staying home and doing our schoolwork it seems like we are back in high school because we are not getting the experiences we were so excited to have when choosing the college we wanted to attend. But not only do we miss out on in person experiences, we are also being punished with teachers expanding their syllabus. I have more assignments due every week than I have ever had before. I personally feel like this whole situation is very unfair for the students. Some of my professors are not even having zoom meetings and are just expecting me to learn all the material on my own. I am a science major and you can not possibly learn the information on your own, let alone perform a lab from home. Students do not have the material to perform a lab project from the comfort of our own home. The science teachers are simply supplying the students with results of last year’s class and expecting us to write a lab report based on their results. Most of the time we are confused and do not understand how students received certain data from the experiments so we just have to make up possibilities. However, if I was in the lab I could understand where I made a mistake at a certain point or why the results came out the way they did.
    However, I do have to look at it through the university’s perspective as well. Now that we are remote the university must accommodate the new ways of learning, which can include increasing faculty and advancing technology within the school. Most colleges offer tutoring for classes but during these times no one can meet in person for tutoring sessions, therefore additional assistance must be offered which can be costly. People that hold great knowledge of operating the new technology must come in and spread their knowledge with the teachers and even some students. Professors are also given more classes to teach since it is possible with a remote schedule.The university must also continue to pay their professors and faculty their salary. They are also keeping the university faculties open for the semester for those that are returning to campus and must pay for the costs, especially for the, now, additional cleaning. Therefore, all the additional service costs for remote learning offset the cost of in-person tuition. The blog was very helpful in educating me on the university’s reasons for not decreasing the cost of tuition. I have to accept that these changes are not only hard on the students but also the university as well, as the pandemic was not expected or prepared for. We are all in this together and we have to work together to help understand these new ways of learning. Who knows maybe in time the confusion will dissipate and this will end up being the future of learning.

  25. When the virus was in its prime back in march and remote instruction seemed to become the new normal, I continuously heard and read about how the future of learning would be conducted. People, including myself, were questioning whether tuitions, especially for college, would be cut due to the lack of in person instruction. There is a lot of complexity and many unknowns with the situation and how schools would go about this new way of life. Now in September it seems like colleges have continued to raise tuition despite everything that is going on.
    To be fair, I had to look at it from the universities perspective. Knowing that they still had faculty to pay and other normal expenses that need to be paid, I can understand why they decided against cutting tuition. On top of this, the universities have to accommodate and make many changes to the new way of learning which would also cost money. Even-though this virus has financially impacted all of us, it seems like universities will continue to raise tuition whether we like it or not. Additionally, I believe schools that made the decision to do fully remote learning made a good decision because they decided to look out for their students rather than take a chance and have hundreds of kids on campus at one time.

    I agree with the author in saying that even though tuitions typically get increased every year, universities have very little wiggle room due to classes being full remote. There are some classes and majors where it is very difficult to instruct online and it takes away from the overall experience. I believe this because I am experiencing it right now. Being an Accounting and Finance major, I would rather much learn in class than online because of the complexity of the material. Rather than trying to educate myself through powerpoint, I would rather have the hands on approach where I can watch the instructor go over problems and be there whenever I have an issue. I agree with the article “Ample evidence suggests that students are less successful in online formats”. Again, experiencing it first hand I personally think online classes pose several challenges since all students have a different way of learning the material. Overall, I think this article poses many important questions and propositions that are still relevant now and potentially the future.

  26. Lowering college tuition is something I have been waiting for during this pandemic for months. College is very expensive and has been going up steadily in price year after year and since the COVID-19 pandemic has arisen, the price is still gone up in price. I truly believe that since strictly online classes have started, I have learned much less information and the classes have been much less organized than when they were in person as it states in the Blog when it says “Ample evidence suggests that students are less successful in online formats, especially students who are least prepared, and even in formats that blend online instruction with in-person support.” I also agree with the article in the fact that students have had little to no access to school facilities and resources. Using university resources has helped me succeed so far in my experience in college and during the pandemic I have not been able to use a lot of them, which has negatively impacted me. And while this is all going on, prices are still rising, and it is immoral and absolutely wrong. The school has every right to raise the price, but that does not make it morally correct. I am getting a much lower quality of education than I was before, and I do not have access to everything I was promised to have access to, yet I still have to pay more. There have been many points throughout this semester where I have considered transferring universities until normal schooling resumes, but there is no certainty to when normal classes will be back. And of course, I chose Seton Hall because I believe it is a very prestigious school and spending my college experience at another university is not what I intended to do. But if the prices continue to raise for a lower quality of education, transferring is definitely a possibility. The university is also spending a lot less money because more than half of the student population is not attending the university in person, and there is a good chance that as the semester goes on, the university might close and go fully remote due to the risk of another COVID-19 outbreak. So, the university is spending much less money and charging even more money, and this is immoral and should be changed immediately.

  27. We have all been dealing with COVID-19 since March, but for college students, our lives have been pushed all over the place. I will never forget where I was when the pandemic hit and the tizzy it sent my roommates and I in. It was a wild time trying to figure out how we are allowed to get back into our dorm room to retrieve our books, so we were allowed to continue class at home, for which at the time was only an extra week of spring break. As we all know this was not just an extra week of spring break and placed us into Zoom University.
    I currently attend Rider University, and the only discount that we received from the university was our money back on room and board.
    While reading the article there were many points that I could relate to. Especially when the author discussed the lack of a connection that online classes give. It is especially hard to work with remote classes when you are home, due to all of the distractions, and the added stress of being home and more responsibilities.
    I think that it is almost disrespectful that the universities don’t view online instruction classes as a way to lower tuition. I can understand that they did not create the pandemic, but I still believe that we the students should receive a discount because this way of learning is not what we initially signed up for.
    Yet, on the other hand, I understand the institution’s argument. We the students signed a contract with them. Therefore even though we are upset that they are not removing tuition dollars, we did agree to attend the university.
    Along with attending the university the contract that we signed with the new COVID rules, also discussed that tuition was not going to be lowered, in hopes that we will be able to resume having classes on campus.
    I think that overall it is very interesting to view and understand both views of this arguement.

  28. Initially when the coronavirus started to become news around the world, I really didn’t think much of it since I thought that it was something that wouldn’t settle in the United States. Then it started to become much more serious than I thought it would and there were numerous cases in the United States including New York and New Jersey. This quickly started to affect all educational institutions during the spring including Rider University. From my experience so far when shifting into online classes, there was a learning period where I was still not very used to just opening up my computer and attending class.
    I do agree with the article in saying that students have lost that face to face interaction with their fellow classmates and their professors. I feel that face to face interaction is what helps me learn the best since I am in the classroom physically which makes me tend to focus on what’s going on during class time. With online classes, I find it harder to focus since you are in the comfort of your own home and there are so many distractions around you that it is sometimes really hard to focus on the subject since computers can become a very big distraction due to all the social media that students use today in our society. I feel that online classes are good for people who are really independent and can devote most of their time in the day in order to understand the material for all their classes. As for others, it can be possible that people are juggling with having a job along with taking online classes which they won’t be able to put as much time as they would have liked in studying material since they have a different kind of schedule which doesn’t allow too much free time. The experience of online classes can also vary depending on the type of professor someone has because some professors are very good at keeping their students tuned into the class and make it an enjoyable environment for every student. I was quite surprised when this article said that online classes were about the same cost as if we were to have in person instruction. I think it is due to the fact that since we are online, we don’t have room and board to pay in which students tend to think that having all online classes are the cheaper alternative. In my honest opinion, The education that we are getting when it’s all online does decrease the quality of education a little due to everyone adjusting to the online classes with zoom and the professors need to rethink their courses in order for the students to learn in an efficient matter with the class time slots that are given.

  29. I agree with the author of the blog that Universities do not have much room to reduce the cost of tuition because they are also being affected by this pandemic the same way that every business is being affected across the country. As a college student myself, I find these online remote classes to not be beneficial at all, compared to in person classes. With that being said, paying full tuition for online remote courses is a complete scam, but the universities do need to make their money so I understand where they are coming from when charging full price. There has been some tuition refunds issued because of the remote setting, but it has not been anything significant. College students are faced with this tough environment to learn online, and being in my senior year, the classes I am taking are crucial to my major and I feel as if I am not getting the same learning as I would with in person classes. The professors are also struggling to administer classes online because this is new to them too, so that also affects the learning of the students who have to take these classes. All in all, college tuition should be reduced drastically because of COVID-19, but when looking at things from a business perspective, I understand that the universities do need to make their money so they have no choice but to charge the students full tuition price.

  30. From the start, I did not think that this virus would affect the whole world as drastically as it did and as it continues to. One of the main reasons that colleges cannot decrease their tuition prices just because of this virus is a similar situation to those of businesses. For the amount of time that universities and businesses were closed they have lost a large amount of money. If colleges were to lower their tuition prices it would be causing them to lose even more money than they have already lost since March. This is why colleges offer Hyflex learning, giving students the option for some of their classes to remain in person under constructive guidelines, such as wearing a mask, in smaller groups and maybe a change in location where the class will take place. Of course, students have a choice if they do not feel comfortable or do not feel that it is safe to return to campus then they can continue to do virtual learning from home but at the same cost.
    What a lot of people do not understand is that it is not the choice of the university for tuition prices to rise or to fall because of a worldwide pandemic that they had no control over. When you look at it as a college student, many feel that this learning environment online is not satisfying them, and they do not have the ability to learn as well and gain as much knowledge as they would with in person classes. But when you look at it in a perspective that they are trying to keep us from getting sick and from this virus getting worse as a whole, then it makes sense. Personally, I prefer to meet with my professors in person to give me a better understanding and a chance to get to know them because I feel that I will be much more successful in a learning environment if I am comfortable with my professor.
    What is interesting to me is no matter which side of the argument you look at, it is valid. If you are discussing schools keeping their tuition it makes sense due to the amount of money they are losing from not as many students attending this semester. You can also look at it that colleges should lower their tuition due to the amount of money that they are saving on students because less students are attending.

  31. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, significant changes have been made that not only affected student’s campus life but most importantly their learning experience in the class. As the college classes were moved online in March, many students raised concerns that they are not getting the proper education online than they were getting earlier in the “in-person” class. Being a college student, I understand other student’s perspectives that the learning and social experiences are significantly impacted compared to what the usual college semester looked like before. Online instructions have changed the way students used to learn, for example, some students do not even have the access to technology or internet connection (laptops, iPad, WIFI). Moreover, numerous study abroad trips/internships were cancelled. The pandemic affected many lives, such as family’s income have been negatively affected. In this difficult time, it is unfair to have high tuition fees that colleges are asking for. In my opinion, it is so unfortunate that the colleges are not reducing the cost of tuition fees, even when everything was moved online.

    COVID-19 pandemic has forced students to stay away from the college campus and left no choice but to embrace online remote learning. Though this may be the best route of learning in the current situation, however in no way, this can offer the advantages of in-class learning where students interact with professors and classmates on daily basis. Students will also miss access to all the college resources such as libraries and computer labs. There is no doubt online learning could never replace in class, face to face learning but as I mentioned earlier, to stay safe in pandemic online learning is the only option we have. Unless we stay safe and follow social distancing, we cannot overcome this pandemic. The big question here is that should colleges continue to charge the same amount of tuition fee as they were charging earlier when they were offering in-class learning? This question, if we review from college and as well as students’ sides, both have good logical reasoning which justifies their answers.

    Starting with students, they have a good argument to reduce the college tuition fee, as they are not getting the same level of the learning experience in online classes as they were getting earlier. They will not be able to interact with professors and students face to face, which provides the opportunity to clarify any questions or doubts without any hesitation. Students will also miss working with their classmates to share their knowledge and experience. Moreover, they need to spend extra money to have access to good laptops/iPad/computers and an internet connection, as online education solely depends on high-speed technical gadgets and the internet. They are not getting the same learning experience, and they are incurring extra costs, so they are asking to reduce the tuition fee as it is already high and a lot of families have a hard time to afford it. Moreover, due to the pandemic a lot of families earning members either have lost their jobs or left no choice but to take a big cut in their salaries, which is causing financial hardship for students to bear this high tuition fee. All of these arguments seem to be reasonable and make sense for the college to reduce the tuition fee, but on the other hand, if you look into from a college point of view, it seems like colleges can’t cut the tuition fee. As far as tuition fee is concerned, not sure if college should be able to afford to reduce the tuition fee as they still need to pay the same amount of salaries to professors and lecturers. Moreover, there are some other fixed costs, for example, building/campus maintenance costs, which would not go away even when classes are online. Colleges also have to spend extra money on technical gadgets and infrastructure to ensure online learning is effectively supported. Since colleges still need to incur the same amount of money as they were doing earlier, how will they be able to afford this cut?

    I believe both parties have their good reasoning and somehow they justify it, but not sure if it is possible to come into an optimal solution that satisfies both of their demands?

  32. An extended spring break quickly turned into never returning to campus for the Spring 2020 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. All courses were quickly shifted to an online format. As this was unusual for most students, questions started flooding their minds such as will we get any refunds? Most students were unhappy as they did not sign up for online classes, as they should be, which is why refunds were expected. Now with the Fall 2020 semester being completely remote again, I am not sure I understand why we are still paying full price. Even after reading this article, I still have a strong belief that tuition should be decreased.
    It does not seem fair to most students as we are missing out on many opportunities that come with being on campus. We are missing out on the campus resources such as the library, student centers, and study rooms. In addition, it is not as easy to get involved with clubs and organizations. It is more difficult to build bonds with your professors and classmates via online format, which is an extremely important part of college. We also do not get face-to-face instruction that most students enjoy more than online instruction. It is more difficult for some students to learn online. Some classes almost seem impossible to learn from online, such as dance, science, or other types of hands-on courses. Additionally, some of the classes do not even have online meetings via zoom to somewhat replace face-to-face meetings. They are just given work to complete each week. Therefore, they are left to teach themselves the material, yet we are still paying for the professors to teach us. The quality of education we are receiving is definitely not worth the price we are paying.
    The article mentions that a university with 10% of classes online is associated with about a 1.04% reduction in tuition. Although a 1.04% decrease is still better than nothing, most universities have more than 10% of classes online, which would result in a greater decrease. Although universities do need to pay for more technology to successfully teach online, many other costs are being lowered such as food, maintenance, and other bills as fewer students are on campus, if any at all. No one is asking for free college, everyone is simply asking for a tuition deduction for all of the resources they are unable to use but are paying for, and it is extremely aggravating that universities are refusing to help in that situation, even by doing the bare minimum.

  33. This pandemic has helped to unmask the monster that is the education system of the United States. When schools began sending students home and moving to remote instruction, there was no mention of cutting tuition costs. It was not until months later when everyone found out that remote learning was more about teaching yourself how to do your homework and logging onto your computer on time than it was about learning. Soon enough, students rightfully became outraged when it became so apparent that all these universities really wanted was money, not to provide a worthwhile investment for the young people in this country. This article clearly states that remote learning is in fact less effective than face to face, yet it is somehow just as costly. This then begs the question, what exactly am I paying my university for, if the amount of money I am paying has no bearing on the quality of education I receive? Why am I wasting $50,000 to get what was supposed to be a better education, when I could just pay a couple thousand dollars and go to community college. It is fair to bring up the point that these colleges and universities have their own pandemic related costs and issues, but that is exactly the issue. There is no education safety net in this country, universities should have to worry about providing a worthwhile education, not thinking of ways to increase their enrollment and tuition rates. We are raised to believe that college is a one-way ticket to being successful, but it is much more like a two lane road with the opposite direction leading to a life of debt. Many students were not able to return to school this fall because of lost income or unforeseen medical bills. This pandemic has affected everyone in this country, but it is disgusting to watch as students are being robbed by the one institution that is supposed to help them. It should not matter what the universities are going through right now, there should have been a plan, but instead of fixing the injustices in the system, the issues were thrown on the backs of students. By not lowering tuition, the education system has shown its true self; it is just another big business hungry for money.

  34. When you see how inflated tuition costs are, it is simple and easy to think universities are pricing gouging their students. However, one must remember that universities must balance educational quality, safety, and business model. Even if it is a non-profit (like Seton Hall), it still needs to find a way to fund scholarships, pay operating expenses, and provide essential services to students.
    Most institutions don’t have a large enough endowment to depend on and have to rely on tuition, room and board, and the State (if it’s a public school) for revenue. To cut costs, schools have suspended renovations, limited on-campus activities, and some have moved entirely to online instruction. However, as the article points out, most latter does not have a material impact on instructional costs.
    The cost cuts could be less significant if you take into consideration student pressure to reduce tuition and prepping for in-person classes if the school decided on a hybrid system. All that plexiglass adds up. For students, some worry about what would happen to them and their degree progression if their university went under. While government assistance is likely due to the pandemic, as the article points out, costs may increase in the future to support students that suffered under online education.
    Besides the costs, another factor to consider is equity. Not everyone will have the same experience online, even within the same class. Internet access and speed, the course itself, and professors’ technology know-how all influence the quality of online instruction.

  35. This comment is coming from the perspective of a student, so I will try to address the issue with no bias. The fact that tuition prices increased and in person services decreased, it seems unfair. On the other hand, Universities lost housing and meal plan income from the end of last school year, and for this school year. Along with the steep drop in income, the school has to provide everything it always had and operate at full efficiency, while adding more costs. The costs to clean and keep the campus safe must be a lot and a reoccurring bill. So I see why Universities had to increase their tuition, but both sides have very valid sides. Student view University administration as greedy people who want as much money as possible, which may be true, but nonetheless they do have to provide for over 10,000 students. From the student side of things, online school is not the same and does not deserve to cost more than last year’s in person instruction. Some professors were prepared for online instruction, but just like students some thrive in a in person environment and it is hard to create the full class experience online. I understand online instruction has been a part of college for many years already, but there is a reason I chose to go to a 4 year university. I do not feel it is fair to keep paying full price, I know that the University provides all of the things online that would be on campus, but it is not the same online. It is more on us, the student to do those things. So it is all about what you make of it. On the other hand, university staff have to work harder as well to provide a full experience in the classroom while working with in class students and online. It is a debate that could go either way in my opinion. I expect to pay full price but I wish I was not, but everyone is going through unprecedented times, both students and staff. Nobody knows fully what is going on and will figure it out together.

  36. Tuition prices are at an all time high in the midst of a pandemic that is rifling through the pockets of many working American families. It can be hard for most students to find a suitable college to attend based purely on cost and to think that during a time when everyone is struggling that the price wouldn’t decrease and rather increase can be confusing and angering to most. I found myself in similar shoes when I felt the university should reduce prices for on campus living and provide a larger refund for last year because you aren’t now gaining the full experience that people of every year below you has. With the school transitioning to more online and more things being closed on the campus itself I expected to be given a lower price for housing and tuition. What I hadn’t accounted for is the amount of money to university would need to put towards changing itself to become more suitable on the campus. Also, off the campus in assisting everyone who chose to do remote. They need to provide the same level of education as every year when it will be harder to do. The school had to make investments in itself that most students wouldn’t include when thinking about how much they make. The loss of a large amount of on campus students switching to online from home cost schools a large amount. All of these prices add up for schools and as the government doesn’t provide the most help, schools still need to find a way to make money to help everyone. On surface level we don’t see that but when looking deeper I am more open to paying more although I still feel as if there would be better ways to help families struggling rather requiring them to take out more loans. Schools and students need to find a middle ground and be more willing to help during a time like this. If a student cannot handle the rise in tuition because a family member lost a job during this time, should the student be punished in a way by not receiving the education he expected or should the school be willing to try and meet at a certain point. In a time like this colleges should be more situational when giving the money they have to offer and also still look out for themselves when using the money for what is best.

  37. Corona virus took over colleges by forcing them to change from in person to completely online for the spring 2020 semester for college students. Many students and professors struggled with the sudden change from in person to online, and there is evidence that students do not perform as well online especially when they are unprepared as many students were for this sudden change. Many students were forced to leave their campuses and take their classes online at home for the rest of the semester. Many students began to wonder why they should have to pay full price when they are no longer on living campus, eating their meal plans, and with many students losing the income from on campus employment. Students quickly realized that colleges were no longer having to pay as many employees with food service no longer being provided, no employees such as janitors, security, etc. working, and would not be consuming the same amount of energy. All of these would lead to a reduction in operating costs for colleges and universities across the nation. With this realization students began calling for reduced tuition.
    In addition to the perceived reduction in costs there was also a decrease in the quality of the education and performance of students. Students in the performing arts majors were no longer practicing with their professors in person, and projects such as musicals which were a collaboration of dozens of students became impossible to perform. Similarly, students with science majors no longer had access to the facilities and equipment necessary for them to do lab work and were only able to learn the theory not the practice of their courses. The quality did not only affect students with hands on courses, all students lost access to on campus resources such as libraries. On campus involvement was also affected with clubs meeting online if at all. Student athletes were amongst the most affected with all spring sports being cancelled for spring 2020, and many fall sports being cancelled for the fall semester of 2020.
    Although some colleges such as Rider university issued a refund for on room, board, and food, the article found that having more online instruction did not have as large of an effect as students would have predicted. The article states that a 10% increase in credits taken online had only a 1.04% discount, which statistically is near impossible to differentiate from no change. Although this figure was the change in departmental costs where faculty were receiving the same salary whether or not the class was taught in person or online. This figure would not include such costs as power, utilities, or maintenance which many students myself included believe would be the highest savings for universities doing fully remote classes. This along with the reduced quality of their education and college experience is part of why many students are still calling for reduced tuition at their institutions.

  38. As a college student funding her own education, reading a title like this makes me slump my shoulders and sigh in disappointment—it was a predictable outcome, yet it was still disappointing nonetheless.

    The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged several industries, and the education industry is no exception. Students and teachers across the nation (and even across the globe) were forced to suddenly and effectively adapt to online modes of teaching with very little time to prepare (I mean, 2 weeks? The thought of, as an instructor, trying to convert plans for engaging in-person courses to just-as-engaging online courses sounds dreadful and, quite frankly, impossible).

    What did this mean for students, though? Well, many things happened at once. The quality of education arguably decreased. Not only were some professors unprepared to successfully deliver virtual courses, but some professors did not even host meetings (and they still do not) and instead just posted assignments to their class boards on Canvas, Google Classroom, or even just their emails. I believe that many people will agree with me that it is hard to believe you are getting your tuition’s worth when you do not even have a class to attend. When considering the quality of education, it is also important to consider the various learning styles of students: auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and reading & writing. Auditory learners may struggle if there are no lectures to be heard; visual learners may struggle if there are no presentations to be seen; kinesthetic learners may struggle if there is nothing to be done; reading & writing learners may struggle if everything is delivered by virtual lecture. When it comes to in-person classes, it is much easier to find the best way for yourself to learn. However, virtual education has presented all of these new challenges that make it unenjoyable and intimidating.

    On top of that, extracurriculars became nonexistent in the spring. Sure, you could meet virtually with clubs, but there were no gatherings, no events, no sports—all the features of a campus that are tacked onto tuition as fees were virtually gone (but the items stayed on our tuition bills). Students are not using on-campus resources; nobody ventures into the computer labs, the library is unusable for students who are too far to visit, and the electricity should not be running up since most professors are not even teaching in classrooms (Seriously, universities, why leave the lights on twenty-four hours a day, especially when nobody is going to be using them?). If you go to your tuition bill, though, you will likely still see “Technology Fee” listed on there.

    Don’t worry, though; tuition is only increasing by 3.2%.

    When you might be struggling to pay bills in the midst of a pandemic, finding out that tuition is still increasing after hearing that tuition at so-and-so-university is actually decreasing can be extremely frustrating.

    However, the correlation identified in the article (a 1.04% decrease for every 10% increase in online credits taken) shows that even if you tried to save money during a normal academic year by taking all of your credits online, you likely would not be saving much. This is likely the rationale used by a lot of educational institutions to defend their decision to maintain rates—and it is understandable to a degree.

    Most universities are businesses. That means they need enough income to maintain operations. The pandemic has caused many universities to lose an immense chunk of their average income that stems from room and board since course content can now be received from the comfort of our homes. If they decide to decrease tuition after losing such a large amount of revenue, they may very well kiss sustainability and profitability goodbye (that is, if they are for-profit institutions). So, long story short, a decrease in tuition is not viable for every university out there.

    (Although, if the universities were traditional businesses, and their service quality and consistency decreased while prices remained the same, I am sure they would end up with several negative Yelp reviews.)

    So, what can be done? From the perspective of a student, I believe it is fair to expect the same quality of education I was receiving before the pandemic hit if I am to pay the same price (well, actually, a higher price with the increase). However, I know that realistically it will take a long adjustment period for all professors to comfortably teach online and for me to comfortably learn online. Hopefully, by that time, we will be able to resume in-person courses full-time and I can finish off my undergraduate degree with a bang.

  39. This article in its entirety is not grounds to keep charging the same amount that universities, especially private ones have been charging. The notion that students have not been performing as well does not reflect the students but reflects the teaching ability these professors have when they transitioned into remote learning. Most of these professors while in person, did not even know how to use their projectors in their room which goes to show how the times have changed in regards to humans. The professors that have not been able to adapt should be payed less. This is simple math, the students who are under performing in certain classes, compared to when it was in person learning, should not have to pay as much money for these classes that they are taking. The schools should remove some cost of tuition fees because of the simple fact that they are not using their facilities to full capacity which allows them to save a lot on food and supplies for the otherwise thousands of students they would have had to provide for. Room and board should at least be taken out without question. From the student perspective, continuing to charge the same amount but not being able to have the “college experience” is extremely unfair. This will mean that many students may not even feel the need to attend better schools.

  40. When Covid-19 hit all of a sudden early this year forcing students to go home early to finish the rest of the semester. I thought if this virus was still around and I would not be able to go back to school in the fall that school would definitely be cheaper. Since most universities have gone to remote learning questions about feasibility, equity, quality, and cost have been at the forefront. Studies have indicated that students do not pick up on course material as opposed to in person learning. College is very expensive to begin with and with times when people don’t have jobs because of being laid off money is scarce. Universities should not be charging as much as they are now because college students are not getting the same college experience as we were getting before. I agree with the author that depending on your major it can certainly be more difficult. For example, my brother is majoring in biology at another university. He is the type of student who likes learning in person and enjoys hands on experiences. He is struggling with the remote learning because he feels he is not getting enough information that he would get otherwise in person as well as the resources that are offered. Still colleges are charging the same rate to offset the money that has been lost, robbing people right in front of them of their money during these unusual times.

  41. An increase in tuition for colleges does not seem to be a very reasonable course of action for colleges to take during the transition to online learning that is enveloping the country and the rest of the globe. Since the beginning of mandatory online learning set forth in March, I have not met any singular individual who asserts that learning online is more enjoyable or beneficial. Students learning online are only given fractions of the original experience that was paid for prior to the coronavirus pandemic, yet colleges still demand that students pay the same price, or more, as before. Many colleges were hurt in the wake of the pandemic, however, an appropriate course of action does not entail siphoning exorbitant amounts of money from peoples’ pockets to provide students with lesser of an experience than that of which they are paying for. In the article, it seems as though colleges are poorly attempting to justify their inadequacies and are still expecting students to pay tens of thousands of dollars to stay in their house and stare at a screen.

    Students are paying the same price, if not more, than what they were paying when physically on campus, however, students are not being provided with housing, food, or the same quality of tutoring and mentorship. Many colleges seem to also be reckless with the health of incoming freshman students, as the health and well-being of freshman students is being cast aside in favor of the money to be made from providing their housing and food. I can only imagine that more people will be infected with the virus, there will be an increase in cases, and campuses will shut down again as a consequence. Colleges are simply doing whatever they can to bring themselves out of the financial rut in which they are trapped.

  42. Being a college student during the pandemic, I understand the frustration with the cost of college not lowering due to online learning. I recently had a call with my school’s financial aid office about the tuition and they did not have an exact answer for me. Online learning is difficult for many reasons because it does not have a personal feel to in person learning. My school is currently hosting virtual and hybrid learning, unfortunately, I do not have a hybrid class this semester. Online learning is not the same as in person because the professor is not always going to be available to answer questions through email. It can also be difficult for students to be in virtual classes because they do not feel like they are really learning. Some feel as though they participate in the zoom class, but all it really is turning in assignments and exams.
    Paying full price is unfair because the full price of a college tuition includes all the activities and the personal connections students make with other students and faculty. Business students also have to network, but with COVID this year there is going to be a virtual career fair, which can make it harder for students to network with different companies. Science majors are also at risk because they need to take classes that involve lab sessions to be able to learn.
    On the other hand, I do understand the financial trouble some colleges are in because of the amount of students who will not be attending college. Colleges and universities have also implemented limited capacity for dorming students, which is now even less students paying tuition to the school. Students should not bear the weight of colleges and universities losing money. Instead of my tuition lowering, mine is in fact increasing and my university can not give me a straight answer.

  43. We all had this question going into the school year, Why the Move to Online Instruction Won’t Reduce College Costs? Many people thought that if the semester is not in person, the tuition for the semesters that are all online should be less than usual. As a student, I was worried also about scholarships and financial aid, but I commute to Rider so at least I did not have to worry about housing and the meal plans. Everyone thought that it would for sure go down but in some cases the tuition got raised. This is a semester that we will never forget. Online learning seems like it would save money for the university because some teachers are at home others just using the classrooms, but not everything on campus is being used unlike if it was a normal in person semester.
    Most people wish to be in person to learn because it is easier and many other various reasons. This is the first time in my life where I had to learn a full curriculum online and to be honest, I would have thought it would be a lot easier. But one way that colleges and universities are trying to do, the article, Why the Move to Online Instruction Won’t Reduce College Costs, states that reducing the class size will benefit students and professors in the classroom. With doing that, colleges need more professors which costs money for the school. Online classes are just very different from in person like I said before and you do not get the same experience at home. After reading the article I agree with that in person learning is the best way to learn and without it, it just is not that same. We understand that the college still has to pay the professors and employees but I do not agree on getting tuition the same or even raising it when it is not in person, normal semesters.

  44. The cost of college tuition, especially my college’s tuition, has been subject to debate for many years. Many believe that the costs are egregious and unnecessary. Every year, we get a tuition bill that breaks down the costs you are being charged for. Some of these costs include things like “student activities” or “technology fee”. In theory, the point of charging someone for a service is to cover costs and make a profit. However, it is difficult to see what costs the university are incurring this semester now that learning is almost entirely remote. Personally, almost all of my classes are online this semester. I do have one in-person class, but that was not my choice. There are essentially no activities on campus. In my opinion, there is no reason to live on campus. Yet, I know some people who have chosen to do so. I do not live very far from campus, so I never really had a reason to live there.

    Given my university’s notorious reputation for having a high tuition rate, it is not surprising to see that some students are upset with paying the same price. Some reason that because traditionally online schools offer a lower price for tuition, the same can be said for remote instruction in traditional universities. However, as the article states, the costs of remote instruction and the costs of being fully in-person remain negligible. For many universities, in-person activities such as sports events provided a great deal of revenue for them. By taking away this revenue, the school is left short-handed. There is also the issue of private vs. public universities. Is one more affected than the other?

    I believe that the middle period between remote instruction and fully in-person classes will take a heavy toll on costs. In this time, the schools will still have to keep on-campus resources available for students who are there in person. However, at the same time, there will be a great number of students staying home who will not be able to provide revenue for in-person activities. This leaves the school to deal with the costs of resources, without many students using them.

  45. Amidst quarantine, being notified that classes are being transferred to remote teaching can be dreadful for a student, not only that it affects the quality of lectures and the student’s performance in the class, the accessibility of resources is also limited, even if the institutions promise to provide the equivalent support as pre-remote classes. The only glimmer of hope is that the tuition would be reduced, but that seems to be hopeless as well. Of course, the most notable evidence given by the article, the cost of the remotely instructed class is no less than in-person, is the predominant argument used in defending the colleges for charging the same if not more tuition. However, being a student myself, I can’t help but to question the validity of the reasoning and perspective in the article. The article delineates the components of the cost equation from an institution’s perspective, and strictly on the transition from classroom class to online. It doesn’t provide the changes in utility costs on the campus, for example, the dorms and cafeteria have reduced in usage dramatically and the majority of the amenities, such as the gym, are off-limits due to the pandemic. The virus has proven to be severely dangerous and the crisis is merely highlighting the problems that already exist in the rapidly rising tuition, the least colleges should do is provide greater transparency as to why it costs so much. If the institution truly wants to protect it’s staff and students both physically and financially, a cost-efficient transition and reduction intuition would have sufficed without damaging the functionality of the institutions. After all, colleges that charge tuition are non-profit, yet they have chosen their profits over the benefit of their staff and students.

  46. A few months ago, when my classes at Rider announced we will be completely remote, yet the price of tuition was still increasing I was furious. I signed as many petitions as I could to lower my school’s tuition but of course, nothing was done about it. Going into this semester I was nervous for how my courses would be delivered because I had never taken an online class before. It worried me that I’d be at a disadvantage by preferring a hands-on learning style rather than online. I could read a textbook 5 times over and still be confused until I complete a relevant hands-on activity. I was also worried that many of my classes would have minimal professor instruction and guidance. To my surprise, after completing the first week of classes I soon realized all my professors were just as available to us as they would be in an in-person setting. This includes conducting courses via Zoom and providing us with office hours in the event we need help. In addition, my school is doing everything they can to transition nearly every aspect of campus into a remote setting, and as of right now that’s the best they can do. After watching this unfold over the weeks, I’m more comfortable paying the same tuition price as years before.

    This article also helped me understand this situation from the institution’s perspective. The authors mention how, “… colleges face extraordinary budget woes from lost state and tuition revenue and increased need for student aid.” I was fortunate enough to maintain a job over the summer and save up my money for school. However, not everyone was lucky enough to do that. Some of my friends are even struggling to pay their tuition right now. I would expect universities to provide monetary support for students with financial setbacks due to COVID-19. According to The Hechinger Report, “Ten percent of high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university before the pandemic now say they’re going to do something else” and a lot of this is attributed to financial hardship. It would be worthwhile for universities to front the cost of lowering tuition for students in need because it may be the deciding factor that determines if they enroll in that college or not. In addition, while reading the article I realized just how much my school invested into providing any technology platform needed for class. While these changes probably offset any potential reduction in tuition, they can still try to reduce it for those who need it the most. While learning remotely is not the same as being together in person, we must all learn to adapt with the changing environment that we live in.

    Marcus, Jon. “While Focus Is on Fall, Students’ Choices about College Will Have a Far Longer Impact.” The Hechinger Report, 2 June 2020, hechingerreport.org/while-focus-is-on-fall-students-choices-about-college-will-have-a-far-longer-impact/.

  47. Months prior to the Fall semester I questioned the learning curve I was about to experience. Taking online classes seemed like a good idea until you are sitting at home working remotely and then have to take a 3 hour night course four times a week in order to get your degree achieved. The course load for school is enough however, college campuses didn’t respond to the stress these students have faced and will continue to face. I believe college campuses should have given their students a tuition cut. I was researching as to where the tuition expenses go and I was baffled upon my findings. At Rider University tuition accounts for student technology feed such as printers, computer access etc. however, many of us are taking classes remotely and won’t have access to the printers, computers and other tech resources Rider has to offer on campus. The tuition also accounts for student recreational events, however, students and organizations can’t host events due to the pandemic health and safety guidelines. These are two costs Rider could have cut out for their students since students who are remote won’t be experiencing or utilizing these resources. I believe colleges needed to reevaluate their tuition costs and given college students a break during this unprecedent time.

  48. For some students taking an online class is a preference. I am and adult student with 3 young children working on finishing my degree. Online classes as been a huge help in doing that. I have chosen to take a lot of online classes and it never changed my bill for school nor did I expect it to be cheaper. I was just happy that colleges now offer online classes. Now with COVID I know a lot of college have gone full remote and some offer both but aren’t able to have a full class because of COVID. I understand if you normally live on campus and now aren’t due to COVID you would expect your tuition to be lower but not just because your classes are now online instead of in person.

  49. This is a topic I have been interested in as soon as college started back up this fall. Without all the running costs of running a campus and having professors being on campus and without having students living on campus I would imagine it should be cheaper. We all know online classes are not easy. They have given everyone a challenge that we have to overcome. The value of online education is not that good, so the question is why we are still paying the same price. The fact is that classes have become smaller for online classes so that things do not get even more complicated during these already complicated times. This is causing more professors to be needed and professors needing to teach more classes which causes issues with salaries. With in-person classes, you can have larger classrooms with 30-40 students, but I have noticed my largest online class right now is around 18 people. The rest of my classes are around 10-12 students. The biggest issue for me is that I am paying the same amount for in-person classes because before the school decided to move online I signed a lease agreement to lease a house off-campus which as of now is not needed and will not be needed for the rest of the year. Wasting this money was a big issue for me and my family. And the fact I am still paying full price for my classes does not help. Many majors and class types will have a real hard time transitioning because of what is needed for the class. Classes such as sciences, public speaking, and education need in-person activities and other aspects of the classes are needed to be online. One of my friends is an education major and he got screwed over because in order to graduate and pass his classes he needs classroom experience and now with all schools being online he cannot do that. How does he get a job if he cannot get the experience needed to graduate and get the opportunity? There are so many people who are struggling with being at home for school, but we need to work together in order to make this situation better for each other. I do believe that this article does not go into too much detail for that the title says. It says that college prices should not go down but give little information as to why. I think universities are unwilling to change prices to help people if it means losing money because without students being on campus, they are already losing profits from sending everyone home. In my personal opinion, I think college is mostly just people paying for a degree rather than people paying for an education. This is not always the case but for many people I know that are in college or have graduated, they can say the same thing.

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