Parents frustrated at costs for online college courses during pandemic
Colleges across North Carolina are moving their classes online, but students still have to pay full-time tuition along with other fees. John Matarese shows us why a growing number of parents are expressing frustration.
SEGMENT, JOHN SHOWS US WHY A GROWING NUMBER OF PARENTS ARE EXPRESSING FRUSTRATION.>> Reporter: COLLEGE IS LOOKING VERY DIFFERENT THIS FALL WITH MORE AND MORE CLASSES REMOTE AND MANY NORTH CAROLINA STUDENTS NOT EVEN SETTING FOOT IN THE CLASSROOM. THAT HAS SOME PARENTS WONDERING, WHY DON'T WE GET DISCOUNTS? DAVID HAS NOT JUST ONE BUT TWO STUDENTS IN COLLEGE THIS SEPTEMBER. AS HE WAS WRITING OF THE BIG CHECK, HE WOULD ADVISE YOU STILL PAYING SO MUCH? >> THEY HAVE A MANDATORY RECREATION FEE, A MANDATORY FEE FOR FOOD. AND TO GET A PARKING PASS.>> Reporter: YES TO BY EACH KID A PARKING PERMIT AND $150 EACH PER SEMESTER. HE HAS TO PAY A REC CENTER FEE, $192 PER STUDENT EVEN THOUGH THEIR HOME MOST OF THE TIME.>> JEREMY ONLY HAS ONE CLASS IN SCHOOL, THEY HIT THE SHOP FOR AND MY DAUGHTER JESSICA WILL START THIS SEMESTER AND SHE ONLY HAS TWO CLASSES.>> Reporter: WITH TUITION IN MANY SCHOOLS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH, A LOT OF PARENTS ARE STARTING TO ASK, WHY DO WE NEED TO PAY FULL- TIME FEES FOR WHAT IS GOING TO AMOUNT TO PART-TIME ON-CAMPUS LEARNING? CNBC SAYS 93% OF STUDENTS THINK THEY SHOULD GET A DISCOUNT FOR ONLINE STUDY THIS FALL. SOME COLLEGES ARE STARTING TO LOWER FEES. DAVID THINKS STUDENTS SHOULD GET A FEE DISCOUNT THIS YEAR.>> I THINK IT SHOULD BE PRORATED, IF YOU DO ONE CLASS AND THEY SHOULD FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DO THE PARKING PASS FOR ONE DAY A WEEK.>> Reporter: BOTTOM LINE, YOU CAN ASK BUT MOST SCHOOLS DO NOT OFFER DISCOUNTS.