• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 14 comments on BU Announces Prorated Housing, Dining Credits and Refunds for Upended Semester

  1. The global COVID-19 outbreak has caused this semester to unfold far differently than imagined or expected by any of us. Boston University remains open, and our faculty and staff are working hard to ensure that students continue to receive a Boston University education, while prioritizing the health and safety of our community. Our move to remote teaching for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester has enabled us to ensure that students will complete this semester, receive credit for all of their courses and remain on track toward the completion of their degree.

    Accordingly, we will not offer any credits on tuition for the Spring 2020 semester.

    1. I strongly recommend BU to look into the savings due to this remote teaching/learning and credit these cost savings towards the tuition fees. It would be unfair for BU to profit from these cost savings!!

  2. Our students should at a minimum get the tuition for this semester refunded or be allowed to retake the classes at no cost often the emergency is over.

    The remote classes are in many cases subpar, rushed, and do not come close to the quality of onsite instruction / labs necessary for many fields.

    We are paying a high premium for our children to attend BU but we are now receiving services that not worth a fraction of the price paid.

    1. I agree with you; it’s impossible to replicate science labs or visual art studio hands on work as well as music/theater experiential resources. I do think that the professors are working hard to give value to their students, but there’s only so much they can do, and the onus shouldn’t be on them.

    2. I agreed with you that students should get some refund of the tuition fees. Online and remote classes are conducted less effectively as different professors have different knowledge & skills to conduct online lessons. Also, overseas students have to wake up in mid night to attend classes according to Boston time. That is causing lots of pains & affecting students’ health.

      Also, the way BU housing department handled overseas international students to evacuate from their dorm was far from professional & caring.

  3. When can we expect official announcements about the Summer 2020 programs (i.e. CGS London)? I know everyone is expecting cancellation of going to London but we need to know how the students are going to make up a full semester to enter Fall 2020 as sophomores (and online classes won’t cut it).

  4. BU should refund part of the tuition fees. Online classes quality and effectiveness were far below onsite classes. Parents paid a premium tuition fees to BU and these online classes & lab were not what we have expected.

    Further, international students have to wake up in middle of nights to attend classes. ( classes are still conducted at Boston time.) such timing is causing lots of pains, inconvenience & health problems to international students.

  5. Unbelievably disappointing. It is clear that Boston University’s tuition for this semester included the resources and the experience available for them. Even when these factors are missing, Boston University refuses to accept the shortcomings and instead decide to keep the money from many households that not only need it, but in this case deserve it. This is truly a new low for Boston University and I’m frankly ashamed to call this my alma mater.

  6. I agree a small portion should be refunded
    The quality is no same
    The facilities not used ,the utilities not used
    No practical hands own no after hours no research opportunity no volunteer work no gym no sports etc
    Too much financial burdens on student and parents.

  7. I agree it’s unfair that students have to pay the same price for online classes, especially given the broadly published pricing of the online MBA to be offered by BU. The current tuition pricing for online classes is not equitable by any standards.

    When is the university providing an update about the online tuition fees for summer courses?

    When can we receive information about how delay enrollment for this semester or transfer to another university that offers online pricing?

    1. The online MBA tuition of $24,000 is bottom line cost. No grants of scholarships, that is what each student will pay. unless you were already full pay with no aid then you are ahead of the game.

  8. I completely agree with some pro rated monetary return for tuition. The on line Biology and Chemistry work, including lab work was not there. Reading the lab book does not take the place of a lab. The tuition is very expensive to not receive a full education back, but your money is taken.

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