Demands for refunds form part of debate about college costs
Class-action lawsuits calling for partial reimbursement of tuition and fees are continuing to amass nationwide – from Ivy League institutions to goliath state university systems to small private colleges – with potentially hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.
And while the litigation will ultimately be decided on legal questions, the lawsuits are also serving as a backdrop for a larger conversation about the value of a four-year degree, whether earned in a traditional college setting or online, and the soaring costs often associated with it. “There have been these questions about value bubbling under the surface for a long time, and the pandemic burst that wide open,” said Tamara Hiler, director of education for Third Way, a centrist think tank that has polled on higher education policy and attitudes.
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