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College Students Forced to Leave Campus May Be Entitled Compensation

Anastopoulo Law Firm

The spread of a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has brought upon many changes in our lives. One of the many groups of people who have been significantly affected includes the nation’s university students, many of whom have been forced to leave their campus housing and stay in family member’s homes. This inconvenience combined with the fact that classes are now continuing online rather than in person—if at all—has led many students to come to the conclusion that they are owed a portion of their tuition back.

Students across the country have already started to file lawsuits in an effort to recover tuition and fees for the spring semester as well as room and board costs for rooms they are no longer permitted to use. Lawsuits against Drexel University and the University of Miami allege these schools are failing to give “students the educational experience they paid for, one with in-person instruction,” according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. The Chicago Tribune reports that thousands of students at the University of Illinois at Chicago have already signed a petition demanding some of their money back. 

The college experience is about more than sitting in classes—it’s about interacting with peers, getting involved in extracurricular activities, and growing into your newfound freedom as an adult. Being forced to live off-campus and take classes online hardly provides the same amount of value. That combined with the fact that both the University of Miami and Drexel tuition exceeds $70,000 a year, it seems reasonable that students would expect to receive at least a portion of their tuition back for missing out.

The Anastopoulo Law Firm is monitoring this situation very closely. Our firm has already filed class action lawsuits against several institutions— including Drexel University and the University of Miami—and we are actively seeking additional cases. We are accepting cases not only in South Carolina but in regard to all colleges and universities throughout the United States.

If your higher education institution has failed to meet your expectations on refunding tuition and fees, and you are interested in learning more about your options, or in potentially joining one of our class action lawsuits, visit for more information.

Are you a college student who was forced to leave campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic? You may be entitled to compensation. Fill out this form or call our firm at (800) 313-2546 to speak with one of our South Carolina class action attorneys.


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