With The Possibility Of A Refund, Authorities Call On Florida College Students To Share Their Stories
According to the latest online reports, there is a current legal battle ensuing in the Sunshine State, which, if works in favor of student complainants, will result in different colleges and higher learning institutions all over the state paying up refunds.
This comes after several colleges around the country have decided to switch to remote modes of instruction to continue providing educational services to their student constituents due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.
However, this has earned the ire of many students and parents for the colleges allegedly billed them items and services that students did not use during the entire school year due to the absence of face-to-face and in-campus classes.
Student sentiments have been aired on several social media platforms earlier this year, calling on school administrators to refund fees in exchange for services that students did not receive.
Fees such as laboratory fees, parking fees, technology fees, etc., were among the most contested in the students’ demands.
Some universities and colleges have backpedaled at the height of the social media firestorm by handing over some of the refunds demanded by angry students.
Yet others remained steadfast and decided they would not budge amidst the growing intense public pressure.
Ergo many students and parents all over the country have filed different class action lawsuits against these erring colleges and universities.
One of them, which is currently being heard in Florida, has the chance to dictate the fate of college students all over the state.
Florida College To Continue Legal Struggle, Face Trial In Refund Scandal
In February this year, a court in Florida has decided to push through with the class action lawsuit filed against a college there about the whole college student fee refund issue.
According to reports, the motion raised by Miami Dade Colleges to have the complaint filed against them be dismissed was denied by a judge.
This utterly declares that the litigation will push through unless both parties agree with a settlement.
Complainants are alleging Miami Dade Colleges to have breached its contract to them due to the failure of providing an array of services to them in relation to the push of online learning during the Spring and Summer semesters last year.
Official court records show that the plaintiffs have shown invoices from the college, which enumerated the supposed services students should receive in exchange for the fees they have paid for.
Nevertheless, they could not do so because of the strict public health restrictions and the introduction of remote learning.
In its decision, the presiding judge has agreed to the complainants’ claim and have since given their express support to continue the whole trial process.
Florida Students Called On To Share Their Story
The aforementioned ongoing legal battle has inspired others to work with each other in order to take erring colleges and universities to court.
They believe that their collective efforts would force them to respond to their demands and take accountability for their actions.
Attorneys and legal experts in the state of Florida are calling on college students to share their stories in order for them to build a viable legal argument that would lead to a solid case before heading to court.
Floridians who have attended or currently attending the following colleges during the Spring and Summer semesters last year will possibly be able to make a claim in the future for unrefunded school fees excluding tuition.
- Valencia College
- Tallahassee Community College
- State College of Florida
- St. Petersburg College
- St. Johns River State College
- South Florida State College
- Seminole State College of Florida
- Santa Fe College
- Polk State College
- Pensacola State College
- Pasco-Hernando State College
- Palm Beach State College
- Northwest Florida Community
- North Florida Community College
- Miami Dade College
- Lake-Sumter State College
- Indian River State College
- Hillsborough Community College
- Gulf Coast State College
- Florida State College (Jacksonville)
- Florida Southwestern State College
- Florida Gateway College
- Eastern Florida State College
- Daytona State College
- College of the Florida Keys
- College of Central Florida
- Chipola College
- Broward College
Legal experts are eyeing to force the following colleges’ administrators to pay back their students of unused laboratory fees, student services fees, bus transportation fees, etc.
Editor’s Note on Possible Refunds From Colleges In Florida:
This article is published to inform you of the latest Florida College Class Action Lawsuit.
Authorities are also looking into the possibility of filing another complaint on behalf of other affected students.
If you believe that your situation can lead to a viable and strong case for legal experts to work on, reach out to us through our official communication channels listed below.
You might be interested in learning the steps for starting a class action lawsuit.