The University of Santo Tomas has announced its decision regarding students’ unused tuition and other school fees amid the suspension of classes due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
In a report by its official school publication, The Varsitarian, the unused fees from the shortened School Year 2019-2020 will be refunded up to 50 percent, except for payments allotted for retreats and field trips which will be refunded in full.
The University will also not increase the cost of tuition in the next academic year.
“Students with remaining installments due in the second term of the ongoing academic year will still be allowed to enroll for the next academic year. Staggered payments for unsettled balances will be allowed until December 2020,” The Varsitarian reported.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Vice Rector for Finance recommended that the refunds be credited in the upcoming school year, except for graduating students and those who will request for a direct cash refund.
Faculty members were advised to give a maximum of “three gradable assessments” for each course for the remaining school days as the University cannot freeze or end the term.
The Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs will also come up with policy guidelines for students who failed to participate in the online learning scheme that was implemented by the University during the lockdown.
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