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Universities to Freeze Tuition as Coronavirus Pandemic Drags On

Universities to Freeze Tuition as Coronavirus Pandemic Drags On

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Tuition fees at most universities are expected to remain unchanged as the coronavirus is raising prospects that online classes will continue for the new semester, frustrating both universities and students. Seoul National University recently decided to freeze tuition for both undergraduate and graduate schools for the new 2021 academic [...]

More Universities Endorse Case for Tuition Refunds for Classes Disrupted by Pandemic

More Universities Endorse Case for Tuition Refunds for Classes Disrupted by Pandemic

SEOUL, July 22 (Korea Bizwire) — More South Korean universities are positively responding to the demand for partial tuition refunds to compensate students for disrupted learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. The National Korea Maritime & Ocean University recently became the first school in the southern port city of Busan to decide to offer refunds. [...]

Students File Suit for Tuition Cuts as Pandemic Disrupts Learning

Students File Suit for Tuition Cuts as Pandemic Disrupts Learning

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean university students have joined together to file a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and schools, seeking partial tuition refunds for disruptions to learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Movement for Tuition Refunds, a student group formed by the National University Student Council, held [...]

College Students Write Letters in Blood to Protest Indifference Towards Tuition Cuts

College Students Write Letters in Blood to Protest Indifference Towards Tuition Cuts

SEOUL, June 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversy has erupted after a college student wrote a letter in his own blood, asking his university to refund school tuition and hold final examinations online amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, a post with the title, “We need a letter written in blood to get our tuition back?” [...]

Gov’t Urges Schools, Students to Settle Tuition Refund Row, Reaffirms ‘No Cash Support’ Stance

Gov’t Urges Schools, Students to Settle Tuition Refund Row, Reaffirms ‘No Cash Support’ Stance

SEOUL, June 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s education ministry on Thursday urged universities and students to mutually resolve the latter’s growing call for tuition refunds amid the new coronavirus pandemic. “(The ministry) feels regretful that students cannot attend in-person classes due to the new coronavirus. (It) also sympathizes with universities whose budgets have been [...]

Konkuk University Likely to Become 1st Higher Education to Refund Tuition amid Pandemic

Konkuk University Likely to Become 1st Higher Education to Refund Tuition amid Pandemic

SEOUL, June 15 (Korea Bizwire) — A university in Seoul is moving to become the country’s first university to partially refund tuition amid the ongoing pandemic, possibly sending shock waves in the higher education circles. As the global crisis caused by the novel coronavirus has created a major disruption in the way the country’s higher [...]

College Students Launch 200-kilometer Protest March Calling for Tuition Refund

College Students Launch 200-kilometer Protest March Calling for Tuition Refund

GYEONGSAN, June 3 (Korea Bizwire) – A group of university students from Gyeongsan in North Gyeongsang province began a 200-kilometer protest march towards the Ministry of Education in Sejong, South Chungcheong province, calling for a tuition refund after their schools delayed on-campus classes amid the continued coronavirus outbreak. The chairmen of the student councils at [...]

University Students to Take Legal Action to Recoup Tuition

University Students to Take Legal Action to Recoup Tuition

SEOUL, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) — As criticism against the poor quality of college education ensues in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, students are taking legal action, demanding that their tuition be refunded. The National University Student Council Network and Movement for Tuition Refund, composed of student councils from over 30 universities nationwide, held [...]

English Kindergartens Four Times More Expensive than Universities

English Kindergartens Four Times More Expensive than Universities

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — So-called English Kindergartens in Seoul, specializing in teaching English to toddlers, were found to cost more than the average annual tuition fee at universities. The World Without Concerns for Private Education, a civic group, reported that English kindergartens in Seoul charge an average of 1 million won (US$888) per [...]