Harvard University has announced that all distance learning will be done and tuition will remain close to $ 50,000, as federal immigration agencies say international students will have to leave the US if their schools offer full online classes this fall.
In a statement from the university, officials said that “all course instructions (undergraduate and graduate level) for the 2020-21 academic year will be provided online.”
Harvard said the freshman will invite college students to live on campus, but classes will remain online.
“Students learn remotely, whether or not they live on campus,” said school directors.
Harvard University has announced that all distance learning will be done and tuition will remain close to $ 50,000 as federal immigration agencies say international students will have to leave the US if their schools offer full online classes this fall
Unlike Harvard, Princeton University offers students a 10 percent discount because classes are usually online. Harvard’s tuition remains close to $ 50,000
The university said it will bring up to 40 percent of students to campus, including all freshmen, before the fall semester.
“Assuming we maintain a density of 40% in the spring semester, we would be bringing back one class again, and our priority right now is to bring seniors to campus,” the statement said.
“We will also invite students who may not be able to learn successfully in their current home learning environment.”
Unlike Harvard, Princeton University offers students a 10 percent discount because classes are usually online. Harvard’s tuition fees remain the same.
Meanwhile, international students are the target of new guidelines released Monday.
The guidelines, issued by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), are putting additional pressure on universities to reopen, despite growing concerns about the recent spread of COVID-19 among young adults.
President Donald Trump has urged schools and colleges to return to personal education as soon as possible.
Shortly after the directive was released, Trump reiterated on Twitter that schools should reopen this fall, adding that Democrats want to close schools “for political reasons, not health reasons.”
“They think it will help them in November. Wrong, people get it! Trump wrote.
The updated rules require international students to take at least part of their classes in person.
No new visas are issued to students from schools or programs that are completely online. And even at colleges offering a mix of in-person and online courses this fall, international students will be barred from taking all their classes online.
It creates an urgent dilemma for thousands of international students stranded in the U.S. last spring after the coronavirus forced their schools to go online.
Meanwhile, international students are the target of new guidelines released Monday. Under the guidelines, international students will be forced to leave the US if their schools decide to provide online instruction only. Students are depicted at Princeton University
President Donald Trump has urged schools and colleges to return to personal education as soon as possible
Those who attend schools that remain online should “leave the country or take other measures, such as transfer to a school with personalized instruction,” the guidance said.
The American Council on Education, which represents university presidents, said the guidelines are “ gruesome ” and will cause confusion when schools look for ways to safely reopen.
Of particular concern is the provision that students are not exempted from the rules, even if an outbreak forces their schools online during the fall period.
It’s unclear what would happen if a student got into that scenario but faced travel restrictions from their home country, said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the board.
“It will cause enormous confusion and uncertainty,” said Hartle. “ICE clearly creates an incentive for institutions to reopen, regardless of whether the circumstances of the pandemic warrant it.”
The international education group NAFSA has broken the rules and said schools should be empowered to make decisions that are appropriate for their own campuses.
It said the guidance “is harmful to international students and endangers their health and well-being and endangers the entire higher education community.”
Nearly 400,000 foreigners received student visas in the 12-month period ended September 30, down more than 40 percent from four years earlier. School boards are partly to blame for the delay in visa processing.
Colleges in the United States already expected a sharp drop in international enrollment this fall, but losing all international students may be disastrous for some.
Many depend on the tuition fees of international students, who usually pay a higher tuition fee. Last year, US universities attracted nearly 1.1 million foreign students.
Trump’s critics were quick to attack the new guidelines. Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, said that “the cruelty of this White House knows no bounds.”
“Foreign students are threatened with a choice: risk taking your life personally to class or being deported,” Sanders said in a tweet.
“We have to stand up to Trump’s bigotry. We must protect all our students. ‘
Dozens of colleges have said they plan to offer at least some classes in person this fall, but some say it’s too risky.
The University of Southern California reversed a course last week about a plan to bring students to campus, with classes organized primarily or exclusively online.
Immigration services suspended certain requirements for international students early in the pandemic, but colleges were waiting for guidance on what would happen this fall.
ICE informed the schools on Monday about the changes and said there will be a formal rule.
The announcement was the Trump administration’s last pandemic strike against legal immigration.
Last month, authorities extended the ban on new green cards for many people outside the US and extended the freeze to many temporary work permits, including at high-tech companies, multinational companies and seasonal employers.
The government has long sought deep cuts to legal immigration, but the target was elusive to the corona virus.