Lawsuit could mean North Carolina College students get refunds for Covid year

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 12: Students leave dormitories at Harvard Yard on the campus of Harvard University on March 12, 2020 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Students have been asked to leave their dorms by March 15 due to the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). All classes will go live for the remainder of the spring semester.

Students definitely had the end of the stick in 2020 and 2021. Important milestones were missed, including sports seasons, proms, and the overall in-person learning experience. And college kids were no exception. Students across the country have been forced out of dorms and attend all their classes online. Yet their tuition fees remained the same. Many feel they should be refunded because they didn’t have the full experience they were charged for. And some North Carolina students are suing over it WCNC reports. Do you think students should receive refunds for classes that have been moved to remote learning due to COVID?

The lawsuit that was filed against the UNC Board of Governors will go to a state appeals court. The lawsuit claims that when students were forced off North Carolina college campuses, it was a “breach of contract.” Although not allowed on campus, students still had to pay fees for health services, parking, security, and other benefits that they could only enjoy if the campus was open.

Similar cases were brought against different universities across the country and were won by students. I have to side with the plaintiffs in this situation, students should be reimbursed for expenses they were unable to enjoy during the covid year.

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North Carolina College one of the 10 hardest to get into in the country

We have fantastic universities in North Carolina. there is no doubt. But when I saw Niche’s latest ranking of the hardest schools to admit, I never expected to find an NC school ranked so high. But it’s true, a college in North Carolina is one of the hardest to get into in the entire country. It’s ranked just between Columbia and Brown, which isn’t a bad company to include. This list is compiled by Niche and is based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores using data from the US Department of Education. The top 25 includes schools with acceptance rates between 5-12%. And while there has been an overall de-emphasis on SAT/ACT scores, you’re still looking at scores in the 1400s or 1500s if you want to attend one of the most elite schools in the country.

Of course, the universities you would expect are on this list, including Ivy League schools. And the first place should surprise no one. But I’ll be honest, there were several schools on this list that I had never heard of before. Although to have such rigorous admission standards, many people must have. Most of the hardest colleges to get into are in the Northeast, with some in California as well. While it’s not a school I could ever get into, or a sports team I find myself cheering on without 2 games a year, it’s still something to be proud of that a college in Carolina North is one of the most difficult to integrate in the country.

Which one is it then? Below is the top 25 list, but I’ll let you know it’s close to the top. You can read the full Niche ranking here.

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