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Are you paying tuition and fees at Vanderbilt 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
Practice Areas
Court
United States District Court Middle District of Tennessee Nashville Division
Case Number
3:20-mc-09999
Defendant(S)
Vanderbilt University
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VANDERBILT COSTS CONTINUE DURING COVID-19

According to the lawsuit, Vanderbilt University sent its students home and closed its residence halls, yet continues to charge for tuition and fees “as if nothing has changed, continuing to reap the financial benefit of millions of dollars from students.” Vanderbilt students remain completely unable to continue school as normal, occupy campus buildings and dormitories, or avail themselves of school programs and events.

The student bringing the lawsuit, referred to as John Doe in the complaint, was a freshman living in Vanderbilt’s student residential housing. The residential campus, requiring a majority of students to live in student housing, is considered an “integral part” of the Vanderbilt education. In total, Doe paid more than $34,000 for the spring 2020 term at Vanderbilt, including tuition, meal plan and housing.

In 2019, Vanderbilt made $319 million in net tuition and fees – a $20 million increase from the year before due to changes in student enrollment, credit hours and board approved increases in tuition rates, according to the lawsuit.

ABOUT TUITION AND FEE 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.

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 fees 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 who have been charged fees 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 fee and tuition charges given the coronavirus outbreak and lack of options to students. We think parents and guardians, and college students paying tuition and fees deserve compensation. 

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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.

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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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Vanderbilt University College Tuition & Fees Payback
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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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Vanderbilt University College Tuition & Fees Payback

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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