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TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA - SEPTEMBER 13: Robert Manning Strozier Library at Florida State University on September 13, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Many college students are demanding repayment for tuition, room, board, and other expenses amid campus shutdowns due to the coronavirus, according to CNBC. 

Undergraduates studying at home argue that remote learning does not offer the same value as an in-person education, but it still costs the same. As a result, a number of students are taking their case to court.

Vanderbilt. Boston Unversity and Brown are some of the latest schools hit with class-action lawsuits.

“College students enrolled in classes when the Covid-19 outbreak struck were left with no access to their dorms, to classrooms, campus cafeterias or other facilities they paid to use,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and the attorney for students in the class action lawsuits.

“We believe there’s absolutely no reason why they should continue to be stuck holding the bill for tens of thousands of dollars, only to be kicked off campus.”

Further, for these students, the quality of the education they now receive “is just not the same,” Berman said.

In Florida, Attorney Adam Moskowitz filed a suit against the Board of Governors on behalf of students at all in-state public schools. In this case, students are seeking a refund for on-campus charges related to athletic facilities and transportation.

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