State Representative Pat Garofalo, Republican from Farmington, is introducing a bill that would require Minnesota colleges and universities to refund 90 percent of students’ unused room and board expenses, as COVID-19 forces many institutions to go to “distance learning.” Garofalo says some students are getting as little as half of what they paid, and the message for administrators is…

“In these very difficult times, we respect the fact that they have challenging financial decisions to make, but that it would be wrong to place the burden on those students who are– putting undue burden on our students for room and board usage that they’re not even using.”

Garofalo says given what’s happened to the economy with COVID-19, it’s reasonable to expect that higher education institutions will have to take budget reductions.