CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Case Western Reserve University junior Daniel Lazado has sued for a refund of his $26,000 in tuition and fees for the second semester of 2020 after the school went virtual due to coronavirus after March 10.
“You’re teaching the exact same material but that’s not what an education is, that’s not what I’m paying for,” Lozada says. “You’re providing a totally different service, something I can find alternatives to for significantly cheaper and you’re charging an exorbitant amount of money.”
Daniel Lozada, a junior studying economics, says the school broke its contract when they went to virtual learning. The suit contends:
“The online-only learning options offered to Case Western’s students were sub-par in practically every aspect as compared to the educational experience afforded [Lozada] and the members of the class agreed to pay for."
“To spend close to fifty-three thousand dollars a year in tuition, when they enroll in these colleges," says his attorney, Jeffrey K. Brown of LeedsBrownLaw.com. “They’re promoting their student campus life, they’re promoting their professors, they’re promoting their accomplishment,”
Case Western Reserve University issued a statement that reads: “Case Western Reserve is reviewing the complaint and has no comment at this time.”
“Listen, I don’t feel that I’ve been cheated. No one could have predicted this," says Lozada. "The part that doesn’t sit well with me is charging people the exact same amount of money.”
“We do not see why Case Western or any of these universities should be able to keep their room, their board, the activities fees, tuition fees when they’re not providing the service that was agreed to," Brown says.
The lawsuit, filed earlier this week by New York attorneys who have been filing similar lawsuits across the country, says the university stopped providing services the fees were supposed to cover.
A federal judge in the Northern District of Ohio court could decide whether or not to allow this to be a class action suit, meaning other students could jump in.