A group litigation court case has been launched for students forced to accept online lectures because of Covid.
Organisers Refund Students says fees should be the same as distance learning institutions like the Open University which charges around £6500 instead of £9250 per year.
The Open University, which students use almost entirely remotely, last year charged £18,567 for a 360-credit Arts & Humanities Honours degree, including course materials, compared with £27,750 for a comparable three-year degree course at a conventional university.
Joining is the action is free and it will be paid for by crowd funding. Up to 2 million UK and overseas students are eligible to join.
Refund Students says the first step will be to establish if there are grounds for a group action claim for breach of contract by universities who have not delivered the terms of service that students signed up for.
If a senior barrister believes there is a case then a major fund raising campaign will be launched to take a case to court.
A Refund Students spokesperson said: “There have been a lot of words about helping students from Parliament and universities but it is all hot air. The only way to get justice is to go to court.”
Details of the claim can by found on the website www.refundstudents.org.
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