CHARLOTTE, N.C. — UNC Charlotte announced Thursday students and staff will receive prorated parking refunds after COVID-19 forced the university to turn to virtual learning last month.
Zachary Himes, a student believes some tuition should be reimbursed too.
“It just kind of seems unfair,” Himes said. “We’re not really getting everything we paid for.”
Laid off from work and now learning online, Himes said he’s had to tap into his savings “more and more.” The 22-year-old, who lives with his parents, said he paid for traditional in-person classes for the spring semester, which cost much more than virtual learning.
“If we offer distance education classes at half the price, then we shouldn’t still have to pay full price for distance education,” he said. “They should be a little more flexible with treating students more fairly, knowing how much we already paid.”
The UNC System is guiding all refund decisions. President Dr. William Roper sent a memo to chancellors earlier this week, telling them universities should not consider refunds of other fees beyond spring semester housing and dining and tuition fees for summer classes. However, he sent another memo Thursday allowing for parking refunds.
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