Dorms and Meal Plans: Refunds or Ripoffs?

By Elizabeth Scalzo
News Editor

When FDU announced refunds on room and board fees, many resident students were ecstatic to know they would be getting back some of their money. 

However, now that refunds have shown up on student accounts the excitement has dwindled. Refunds have averaged around $2,000 to $3,800, depending on which dorms the students reside in and what meal plan they chose.

Darielis Peguero, a freshman forensic psychology student said via text, “This isn’t how much I expected. For some reason, I thought it would be more because our school is so expensive.”

But Peguero added, “I’m still grateful nonetheless.  This money is going to help my family out.” 

Other students felt the refund was about average and hope to use the refund this fall. 

Jessica Talmadge, a sophomore marine biology major said via text message, “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard we were getting a refund. I assumed it would be enough to cover the second half of the semester which is about what it was. I will probably use the refund towards the future semester.”

Regardless, the refunds will be helpful whether it is to help out students’ families pay an outstanding debt to the university or to help cover costs for future semesters.

Students are concerned about their future at FDU and having to pay a housing deposit for the fall semester, and what will happen if classes are moved online. 

Isabella De La Rosa, a freshman forensic psychology major said via Snapchat, “I honestly don’t want to put a deposit down if we aren’t going back for certain. It’s like just giving away $350 that I don’t have.” 

Jarlyn Rodriguez, a freshman mathematics major said via text, “I don’t think students should have to pay yet because of the uncertainty and the school should wait before collecting any deposits.”

The Office of Housing and Residence Life has already moved back room selection deadlines because of the pandemic, but with the uncertainty of what the fall semester will bring, it warrants concern from students.

When it comes to money, the coronavirus has left many out of work, and many students cannot afford to lose money right now.  

Staff reporter Jhoana T. Merino contributed to interviews for this story