Senator Martin Calls for Room, Board and Fee Refunds for College Students

HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Martin (R-13) announced today that he would introduce a bill requiring all institutions of higher learning who have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic to refund a prorated portion of all unused pre-paid fees – including room and board – to students.

The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has led to widespread closures of campuses throughout the state, and many schools have already cancelled the remainder of the spring semester and are sending students home.

Although many schools have announced plans to reimburse students for the unused share for housing and meal plans, Martin believes that every institution should refund a portion these fees to students.

“For students and families who have already paid for housing, meal plans and other fees through the end of the semester, this is money they may desperately need right now,” Martin said. “The lives of students and their families have already been turned upside-down as the state and the nation continues to fight this virus. Getting this money back as soon as possible would be a big step toward a return to some sense of normalcy for them.”


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