State colleges and universities to refund student room and board

State colleges and universities to refund student room and board

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State universities are working on refunds for on-campus students who were ordered off campus earlier this month.

State officials are processing the refunds for unused room and board payments. They hope to have them sent to students’ accounts after next week.

“We understand that these housing refunds are important monetary sources for our students as they begin to adjust to a new normal of online learning,” said Mark Ojakian, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities president.

The refund will be prorated from the residence hall closure date to the end of the spring semester. Each university is contacting students about details according to CSCU spokesman Leigh Appleby since some closed at different dates.

University leaders said they’re trying to make distance learning work as smoothly as possible.

“By ensuring students and their families quickly receive refunds for unused housing fees, our universities are helping ease the financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and ensuing economic downturn,” said Matt Fleury, Board of Regents chairman.

Bella Feest, a Central Connecticut State University student and a Southington resident, was glad to hear about the refund and said it would help her.

“I think it is admirable of the school to offer refunds,” Feest said.

On-campus workers including student workers are being paid at Central and other state colleges and universities. Feest was also glad that student workers were still getting a salary.

She’s been pleased with how distance learning has worked since leaving campus two weeks ago.

“It’s an adjustment, certainly, but my professors are all very good at their jobs and have everything running smoothly,” Feest said.

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