Vermont’s state colleges were already in terrible financial shape due to high tuition and overhead and low state support. Now they’ve had to refund millions to students and are looking at low enrollment for the fall.
"The system was already projecting a $4 million deficit before the outbreak hit and now is having to refund room and board fees to students studying at home and provide paid leave to employees, Spaulding told the Senate Education Committee on a conference call, Vermont Public Radio reported. Enrollment is expected to drop in the fall. “We are looking at a reconfiguration,” Spaulding said. “How do we get smaller? Do we get smaller everywhere? Or do we reconfigure campuses? Or consolidate campuses? Those things are on the table. We will need to make a decision pretty soon about which direction we’re going to go."
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