Colleges in general are already perceived by the general public as greedy with their unaffordable tuition costs, books, vague “fees”, and other similar charges. They notoriously nickel and dime students for anything they can get away with, from dorms and food to parking, student IDs and extracurriculars. Those ordained as Ivy League, such as Harvard, are perhaps the worst offenders, charging astronomically high tuition fees, then adding on all other costs associated with being a college student there.
But then there’s the real question: are the massive fees even worth it? It’s very debatable, especially considering that many students emerging from college are entirely unequipped for the real world. Many students today graduate college as basically Leftist minions after the brainwashing quasi-communist “professors” subject them to. They can’t hack it in a real-world that deals with facts, not “safe spaces.”
That said, Harvard has announced new adjustments for the coming 2020-2021 school year. The prestigious school says they will only accept 40% capacity, and only freshman students will be allowed to attend class on campus for the Fall term to aid their transition to college. Then the university will switch to only allowing senior students to attend on-campus during the Spring term ahead of graduation. All students will need to be tested for COVID-19, however students who stay in dorms will need to be tested for the coronavirus every three days.
Despite the fact that most Harvard students will be taking classes online-only, the school said they are not offering a reduction in tuition.
The current tuition rate for the coming academic school year at Harvard is $49,653—and that’s just one year. Multiply that by the four-year minimum that it takes to graduate college, and it will cost the average student nearly a quarter-million dollars in tuition fees alone. That’s excluding room and board, books, fees, food, and other expenses.
No matter what supposed “quality” of education those students are getting, that’s an outrageous amount of money to pay for a bachelor’s degree, even when taking on-campus classes. A quarter-million for a mostly-online education? I consider that borderline stealing from students.
Harvard is one of the wealthiest universities in the world—and some say it is the richest college in the world, with a reported endowment of about $40 billion.
They can’t cut students some slack during a pandemic after forcing them into an inferior online education? While some will be able to hack taking online classes, many will struggle with the transition, some will likely drop out. Furthermore, a big aspect of many college classes is physical projects, discussions, demonstrations, etc. I would expect this part of school to be even more important to an Ivy League college.
The bottom line is that, by going online, students are not getting what they pay for…so logically, they should be paying less.
Harvard’s decision follows their controversial acceptance of small business relief funds that were distributed during the pandemic to keep American businesses afloat. The university attempted to accept $8.6 million in small business relief, before public pressure mounted against them, forcing them to return it.
While Harvard denies applying for the aid, President Trump himself asked them to return the money. Trump said, “They shouldn’t be taking it. I’m not going to mention any other names, but when I saw Harvard — they have one of the largest endowments anywhere in the country, maybe in the world, I guess. They’re going to pay back that money.” Harvard indeed returned the money.
After that incident, it’s easy to see that they are more concerned about lining their own pockets than cutting anyone else a break. It would be different if Harvard was giving students an equal quality of education, but they’re not. Any other business would reduce fees if they were not giving customers the service they promised. However, while I could go on about why it’s unfair and borderline robbery all day, it’s ultimately up to the students to decide what they will do, if anything. They have the choice to continue going to school there, or to change to a school offering competitive tuition.