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Petition to Pepperdine University

Reduce Pepperdine University's Tuition for Remote Classes 2020-2021

Pepperdine University will raise tuition for the 2020-2021 school year by $1050 per semester (12-18 units) despite being (almost completely) online for the Fall Undergraduate tuition, according to Pepperdine’s website.  Due to COVID-19, Pepperdine, like many other universities, has switched to a mainly remote system to mitigate the spread of the virus. However, they are failing to recognize that just because we have a "world class education" does not mean that remote learning is a substitute for in-class learning and other on-campus services. What we pay for as part of our tuition is to be taught by a professor in a class setting where we can actively engage, ask questions, and interact with our peers. How could the current decision made not impact tuition if we cannot utilize resources to the fullest extent? If there are strains on the university’s ability to pay for expenses, why should students have to pay full price?  In the midst of a global pandemic, the economic pressures placed on many families has made it more difficult to pay for college. Pepperdine’s tuition hike is not only tone deaf, but cruel. How does Pepperdine expect students to pay higher costs for a lower quality education. The assumption that staying home means students are able to afford a more expensive education is wrong and unfair.  Pepperdine University must recognize this disparity and understand that remote education does not deem the same tuition costs as in-person education. Pepperdine must rectify this issue by ordering a tuition cut of some sort to make up for the lack of educational engagement and additional resources that would be received if in-person just like they did during the Summer of 2020. To support student enrollment during Summer Session I, II and lll, Seaver College provided all students who completed an online course or courses a credit of $805. Why can’t this credit be applied under the same circumstances as this Fall (online/remote) semester? Circumstances are EXACTLY the same. Trying to accommodate by providing students with more online services is not nearly the same as the experience we would have in-person. Just because we still have access to the same professors and the same material does not mean that the overall experience is equivalent to the price of in-person education. Many students have an extra difficult time learning remotely and do not reap any benefits. So why are we still being asked to pay the same amount as if everything's the same?  Our tuition is what funds the school and allows Pepperdine to offer us what they do. However, since those resources are not being used to their fullest advantage and capacity, why is Pepperdine asking for the full price for services that will not be used in normal or full capacity? Please join me in signing this petition and let's work together and get some of our money back.

Amalia Irodotou
1,291 supporters
Update posted 9 hours ago

澳门皇冠手机网站Petition to Columbia College Chicago

Discount Tuition for Columbia College Chicago

澳门皇冠手机网站Columbia College Chicago has sent out an email regarding tuition for the 2020-21 academic year. President Kim writes: "I am pleased to announce that the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees has approved lowering tuition for the 2020-21 academic year back to its 2019-20 level. The trustees took this action in recognition of the fact that students and their families are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic downturn." As reported by the Chronicle, Columbia will be negating the 2% increase in tuition. Going from a projected $13,571 for undergraduates and $14,364 for graduates to $13,305 and $14,088.  This change they are pleased to announce is barely making a dent in our tuition. We paid that amount of tuition during the 2019-20 year having full access to in-person and hands-on resources. Now with most of our classes being online/hybrid and extremely limited resources, we're paying the same price? Columbia believes that in by NOT doing something, they're helping us. In this case, they're wrong. If anything, it seems insulting to have this fake "lift" on our tuition rather than take real action into aiding students trying to receive an education amidst a global pandemic. It's surface level, and as students we should not stand for it.  Columbia College Chicago students demand a 40% negotiable discount to the projected tuition or a temporary freeze until a solid discount can be instituted.  Changing undergraduate's $13,571 to $8,143 and graduates' $8,619.  UChicago held a tuition strike demanding a 50% reduction on tuition. Although they are still fighting for that discount, their actions led to UChicago freezing their tuition for a year. Their fight isn't over, and so isn't ours.  We understand that these are confusing times, like what's in the email we are facing an economic downturn. A lot of aspects of how to go about higher education is up in the air. The students that make this college every year deserve relief in these times more than ever. Despite the pandemic students that still plan on going to college are trying to build their future, a future that seems like a luxury now.  Join us in this petition to fight for a discount and/or a temporary freeze in our tuition. Let's show Columbia College Chicago's administration the students they are putting in jeopardy with their lack of action, and we won't tolerate it. Make our voices heard. 

Laney Naling
1,887 supporters
This petition won 1 day ago

Petition to President of the University of the Arts, Board of Trustees at the University of the Arts, Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of the Arts

An Immediate Decrease in UArts Tuition for 2020-2021

澳门皇冠手机网站The tuition for this upcoming academic year  2020-2021 at University of the Arts has increased by $1,670. During our current pandemic and financial crisis, this raise in tuition is irresponsible and inconsiderate to students: not only do students bear the burden of an already outrageous cost of higher education in the USA, but we are now put under more financial duress as we grapple with the affects COVID-19 and the consequential recession. This petition demands that the President, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Board of Trustees at University of the Arts cease inflation and decrease tuition for the academic year 2020-2021. The boldness and effort to which University of the Arts leadership moves forward in evaluating and deconstructing its budgets, and adjusting tuition to meet the financial circumstances of its students, reveals how much the University actually cares in being "supportive and responsive" to the creative and educational goals of its students. To ignore that ANY sort of increase in tuition at this time will not have a substantial and harmful financial effect on the current and future lives of students is to be ignorant of the UArts community's livelihood and overall well being.  Moreover, we demand that the University be transparent in their communication regarding the decisions surrounding tuition and budgets, and release a detailed plan of how and when we, the students, can expect to see the institution's support and response to our financial needs. As a leading arts institution, it is up to this University to set a standard in how to support the next generation of artists in these trying times, especially the artists that will represent this institution going forward. This is why we, the student body and community of University of the Arts, request an immediate decrease in tuition for this 2020-2021 academic year.

UArts Student Body and Community
8,942 supporters