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Kwak 08-21-2020 02:13 PM

Yeah, I don’t know how they think they can accomplish anything by locking kids in their dorm rooms if classes are virtual but they still get the “college experience?” Do the schools make that much money off the board plans?

Don-Dad 08-21-2020 03:38 PM

My guess is room and board is pretty profitable. Especially board, little staff needed since they use RA's and grad students with low salaries (or free roomin exchange for being an RA) to run those places, shove 2 kids to a room and feed them food bought in bulk. Waaayyy back in my college days, moving off campus saved me around $1500 a semester. I had full financial aid so that money went right into my pocket, was much easier to drink that year, lol!

I was lucky, 4.5 years of college cost me just $3600 in loans, was about the only benefit of being dirt poor. I bet it's hard to get that deal today, even if you are poor.

Kwak 08-21-2020 08:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Don-Dad (Post 303165)
My guess is room and board is pretty profitable. Especially board, little staff needed since they use RA's and grad students with low salaries (or free roomin exchange for being an RA) to run those places, shove 2 kids to a room and feed them food bought in bulk. Waaayyy back in my college days, moving off campus saved me around $1500 a semester. I had full financial aid so that money went right into my pocket, was much easier to drink that year, lol!

I was lucky, 4.5 years of college cost me just $3600 in loans, was about the only benefit of being dirt poor. I bet it's hard to get that deal today, even if you are poor.

Yup. Edjumukashun is Big Business too. So big that it runs its own network of hospitals here AND is the major medical insurance provider in the region - yet is still considered to be a nonprofit.

My college degree was similarly cheap. Back in the day a semester cost $2K in tuition. The board plan was slightly more. I got off easy; between grants and the GI Bill I didn’t have to take out much in loans at all. I feel bad for the current generation; they’re getting bent over the barrel and I don’t thinks it’s all that worth it because (at least from my experience) school really didn’t prepare me for interviewing or running my own business.

Mark B. 08-22-2020 01:10 PM

My son just went back to VA this weekend for school. My daughter is going local but renting with her cousin off campus. Both of them being off campus means I will give them money for food. Last semester after they kicked the kicked the kids out I did get a prorated refund on the boys room but lost the remainder of his meal money. 90% of their classes are remote.

GBDad 08-24-2020 03:26 PM

School set to start tomorrow at a suburban Des Moines middle school and 8 teachers tested positive. My wife was kind of bummed last week when she had a number of patients and even co-workers all excited about going back to school. Told her don't worry, it won't last long. And that excitement will fade pretty quick with the first reported case being spread in the schools. By mid-September all schools will once again be closed and it'll be damage control mode.

irie feeling 08-26-2020 02:07 PM

Ummm...
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/s...aks-in-schools
Population 67.8 million
And nobody died.

Boom

Kwak 08-26-2020 02:13 PM

Here’s an interesting article. Apparently a local university required students to sign an acknowledgement of risk document in order to return to school. At PITT, nine fraternities and sororities are facing sanctions for flouting the university’s social distancing policies.

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburg...-in-covid-era/

GBDad 08-26-2020 02:43 PM

From a conversation my wife had with someone from the county health department....given current activity of the virus they expect that in person classes will last about 2 months. Spread among students is one thing, but when the staff starts dropping like flies with a two week quarantine each when they test positive, there simply won't be enough staff for schools to function.

irie feeling 08-26-2020 05:01 PM

1 week before most schools reopen???
Coincidence???
Not saying I know why, or the outcome, cuz I don’t.
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/08/26/h...ing/index.html

Kwak 08-26-2020 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by GBDad (Post 303203)
From a conversation my wife had with someone from the county health department....given current activity of the virus they expect that in person classes will last about 2 months. Spread among students is one thing, but when the staff starts dropping like flies with a two week quarantine each when they test positive, there simply won't be enough staff for schools to function.

Exactly. My FIL was a principal for 35 years and he said pretty much “good luck getting substitute teachers.”


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