Thousands demand UCSD 'cancel' student fees after classes go online

  • Thousands of petitioners are asking UCSD to cancel more than $1,000 in student fees.
  • The request comes as the university moved classes online amid the coronavirus outbreak.

A student at the University of California-San Diego is calling on her school to either discount or refund certain student fees after classes were forced online due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Jessica Liang created a petition, which at the time of publication had more than 12,000 signatures, writing, "since UCSD decided to put all the classes online, then the school fees...should be lower or cancel[ed]. Please support please. A lot of students still suffer from the student loan [debt crisis]." 

"They think it is not worth [it] to pay such high tuition for online classes."   

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Liang included a screenshot of several of the student fees listed on her student account, including a Campus Activity Fee, InterCollegiate Athletics Activity Fee, Recreational Facility Fee, College Activity Fee, Student Service Fee, Transportation Fee, and University Center Fee. Combined, these fees total more than $1,000 for the spring quarter.

"Since the class[es] in spring 2020 would all be online, I found a lot of UCSD students complained about that," Liang told Campus Reform. "They think it is not worth [it] to pay such high tuition for online classes."

"I think the number can tell the story," Liang added, referring to the number of people who have signed the petition. "So I just put out what is on my student bill. And I posted the petition to some student group on FB. After that, the number of signatures increased rapidly." 

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"A lot of my friends thank[ed] me for doing that," she said.

Liang told Campus Reform that since creating the petition, she has not heard directly from the university. 

"It makes me a little disappointed. But I’m sure our school would make some adjustments," Liang said. 

Campus Reform asked UCSD to comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. 

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