Are you paying tuition, and/or room and board at Harvard University while closed due to COVID-19?

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Hagens Berman is investigating universities and colleges across the nation and is seeking to represent students, parents and guardians against any higher education institution that has failed to repay losses due to COVID-19.

Attorneys' investigation includes all colleges and universities nationwide, and the firm is seeking to represent students, parents and guardians regardless of school.

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U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
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Harvard University
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Harvard University is the latest to be sued in a class-action lawsuit demanding reimbursement for tuition and other costs amid its COVID-19-related campus closure. The student bringing the lawsuit was enrolled as a full-time graduate student at Harvard Law School during the spring 2020 semester, during which Harvard closed its campus and transitioned all courses to online instruction.

Harvard has not held in-person classes since March 13, 2020. The lawsuit states that the university instead offered students “a limited online experience presented by Zoom, void of face-to-face faculty and peer interaction, separated from program resources, and barred from facilities vital to study.”

While Harvard’s endowment is the largest in the world at nearly $40 billion, the university has refused to provide any tuition reimbursement for the spring 2020 term. The suit states that “the Harvard Law School administration has even gone so far as to tell concerned students to take out an additional loan and ‘rent office space’ if they have trouble studying off-campus.”

Tuition costs ranged from $23,865 for undergraduate students at Harvard College to $36,720 for graduate students at Harvard Business School in the spring 2020 term.


According to College Board, published tuition fees for 2018-2019 at state colleges are an average of $10,230 for state residents, and $26,290 for everyone else. This compares to an average of $35,830 at private non-profit colleges. On average, during the 2017-2018 school year, students spent $10,800 on room and board at public four-year institutions. At private non-profit four-year colleges and universities, the average cost goes up to $12,210.

Our legal team is reviewing the rights of those continuing to pay these fees at all higher education institutions in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Many colleges require students to live in campus dormitories during their first year or two.


Hagens Berman is investigating continuing lawsuits that would seek reimbursement for parents and guardians of college students, or college students paying their own tuition and room and board at colleges and universities across the nation. Our investigation is not limited to those already named in litigation. We want to fight for the rights of those who have been charged for room and board and tuition at a college or university, but have been forced to relocate due to the outbreak of COVID-19, with no reimbursement. Hagens Berman believes that institutions of higher learning have no right to keep the room and board and tuition charges given the coronavirus outbreak and lack of options to students. We think parents and guardians, and college students paying tuition and room and board deserve compensation. 


Hagens Berman is one of the most successful consumer litigation law firms in the U.S. and has achieved more than $320 billion in settlements for consumers in lawsuits against food corporations, automakers, big banks and others. The firm has successfully taken on higher learning institutions as well, achieving hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for students and alumnae to support campus safety and students' rights. Hagens Berman has achieved many record breaking victories in antitrust matters, and your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in consumer law.


There is no cost or fee whatsoever involved in joining this case. In the event Hagens Berman or any other firm obtains a settlement that provides benefits to class members, the court will decide a reasonable fee to be awarded to the class' legal team. In no case will any class member ever be asked to pay any out-of-pocket sum.

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