Grand Canyon University No Refunds for Covid-19 Closure Class Action

At universities that offer both on-campus and online degree programs, the online classes are generally cheaper. There are many reasons for the lower costs, and this class action alleges that students should get refunds for tuition they paid for on-campus classes as well as other payments if their classes were moved online in the middle of the Spring 2020 term. In this case, the issue is the closing of the Grand Canyon University (GCU) campus to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The class for this action is all people who paid GCU on-campus tuition, room and board costs, or fees for in-person educational services and facilities that GCU did not provide during the Spring 2020 semester and whose tuition, costs, or fees have not been refunded.

Plaintiff Seth Hannibal-Fisher enrolled in Grand Canyon’s Spring 2020 semester as an on-campus undergraduate. His payments to GCU for the semester were considerable: $8,250 for tuition, $1,400 in fees of various kinds, and $3,500 for room and board.

In March 2020, as the coronavirus began spreading through communities, GCU issued announcements that eventually required that students leave the campus and continue the semester as online students. GCU urged students to return home instead of coming back to campus after spring break. It closed various facilities and told students that if they did return, they should expect a significant reduction in food services. From March 23 until the end of the semester, they would have to take their classes online.

The classes the students signed up for, the complaint says, are now “offered solely in an online format, with no in-person instruction and sometimes with little or no real-time instruction by faculty. Campus events have been cancelled, and facilities, equipment, and opportunities they would have had access to on campus are no longer available.

The on-campus tuition is approximately $687 per credit, while online tuition is $395-$470 per credit. Despite this, GCU is not providing tuition refunds to students because the classes have not actually been cancelled.

As to residency expenses, GCU is providing checks of $260-$450 for dorm payments after all other expenses have been paid; and it will roll over “dining dollars” paid for meals to the following semester or, for those graduating, send them a refund of unused amounts at the end of the semester.

The complaint alleges that these arrangements are insufficient. It points out that many students need money for their alternative living expenses now, and that some students will not need a meal program next semester. Furthermore, no refunds are being provided for things like activity fees.

The complaint alleges breach of contract and conversion, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Grand Canyon University No Refunds for Covid-19 Closure Complaint

May 22, 2020

At universities that offer both on-campus and online degree programs, the online classes are generally cheaper. There are many reasons for the lower costs, and this class action alleges that students should get refunds for tuition they paid for on-campus classes as well as other payments if their classes were moved online in the middle of the Spring 2020 term. In this case, the issue is the closing of the Grand Canyon University (GCU) campus to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Grand Canyon University No Refunds for Covid-19 Closure Complaint

Case Event History

Grand Canyon University No Refunds for Covid-19 Closure Complaint

May 22, 2020

At universities that offer both on-campus and online degree programs, the online classes are generally cheaper. There are many reasons for the lower costs, and this class action alleges that students should get refunds for tuition they paid for on-campus classes as well as other payments if their classes were moved online in the middle of the Spring 2020 term. In this case, the issue is the closing of the Grand Canyon University (GCU) campus to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Grand Canyon University No Refunds for Covid-19 Closure Complaint
Tags: Education, Failure To Pay For Refund