“I'm ruined, give the money back!
»More than 21,000 students from the myriad of business schools spread across France signed and commented on an online petition taking up the initiative launched at the end of October by students from Toulouse-Business-School.
And anger roars more and more every day.
Originally from Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Bordeaux, they jointly denounce distance learning courses "of lesser quality" which they nevertheless continue to finance at a high price.
While young people are bearing the brunt of the economic consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, the signatories say they have to pay sums that can exceed 10,000 euros per year.
They urgently demand "a partial reimbursement of tuition fees", which they also denounce an "incessant increase".
"The majority of the pupils took out loans"
A sign that the movement is growing, several hundred new signatures appeared online between Wednesday and Thursday, November 26, and more than 5,000 comments accompany the publication.
The text, which calls on the Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal as well as the management of business schools, underlines that "the majority of students have taken out loans to finance the school that they dreamed of joining so that in the end, the latter does not offer them the lessons in the way that was planned ”.
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He also recalls that at the same time, distance courses oblige, rents for apartments near the places of study are paid "for nothing".
Among the signatories, Anne, estimates that "paying 7,000 euros for three and a half months in distancing at Kedge Bordeaux is much too high".
On the same note, Jade, a student at EDC Paris Business School, finds “scandalous to pay so much, especially for distance learning”.
As for Hubert, he exclaims: “Seriously, 14,000 euros, I find that too much, knowing that it would be preferable given the situation to put money aside.
"A financial gesture"
Sometimes, it is parents who are also in financial difficulty who challenge the school administration on the amount of an invoice that they very often end up paying.
“The exposed facts are clear, insists Michel.
The tuition fees are the same, while our children follow the lessons at a distance.
This has already been the case in March - April.
And it starts again, so it would be fair for a financial gesture to be made.
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Despite this outcry, the Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE) said in a press release that no reimbursement is envisaged.
Contacted about this, the Ministry of Higher Education did not respond.