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

Parents, guardians and college students deserve payback in light of the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Fill out the form to find out your rights to potential compensation »

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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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Active
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Court
Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Middlesex County
Case Number
MID-L-003039-20
Defendant(S)
Rutgers University
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RUTGERS' COSTS CONTINUE DURING COVID-19

An anonymous parent of a Rutgers University student has filed a class-action lawsuit against the school seeking repayment for tuition and other costs the suit says Rutgers is withholding in violation of New Jersey state law, amid the COVID-19-related campus closure, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman.

The lawsuit filed May 20, 2020, in New Jersey superior court in Middlesex County accuses the university of breach of contract, unjust enrichment and conversion for “continuing to reap the financial benefit of millions of dollars from students” despite sending students home and closing campus due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus

The suit also highlights the difference in cost per credit hour between what Rutgers continued to charge for the spring 2020 semester, which was switched to online-only access, compared to its regularly online courses: “…out-of-state residents pay $942 per credit hour for the undergraduate business courses at its Camden School of Business, whereas out-of-state students pay just $550 per credit hour for a fully online bachelor’s degree program at that school.”

ABOUT TUITION AND ROOM AND BOARD CHARGES

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.

YOU AND YOUR COLLEGE STUDENT'S RIGHTS

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. 

TOP PLAINTIFF RIGHTS FIRM

Hagens Berman is one of the most successful consumer litigation law firms in the U.S. and has achieved more than $260 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.

NO COST TO YOU

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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Nationwide Investigation
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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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Nationwide Investigation

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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