Students Sue Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia for Spring 2020 Refunds
Students are suing Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia to refund a portion of tuition and other fees to those who had to take classes online when the COVID-19 pandemic started in March, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
According to the two class action lawsuits filed Monday, “the students did not receive the full educational experience they anticipated when they paid their tuition and fees before in-person instruction ended and they had to leave campus,” The AJC reported.
The University System of Georgia declined to comment.
Many of the students at the two schools took out loans for tuition – approximately $15,000 that semester for out-of-state full-time students, said Lee Parks, attorney for the plaintiffs. Other required fees include those for transportation and health – approximately $1,000 for the spring semester.
In April, Georgia’s Board of Regents approved a $200 million refund plan for housing and dining costs. But Parks argues students should get full refunds for the other fees as well.
“If you purchased a first-class ticket to fly across the country and the airline provided you a seat in coach, you don’t expect to pay the full first class fare just to support the airline. This case is no different,” Parks said.