Origin from: Veterinary Information Network, Inc.
Programs juggle safety, finances, teaching against backdrop of shifting pandemic
July 31, 2020 (published) By Anna Lewis
Colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada are finalizing plans for the fall semester as they weigh slashed budgets, student financial burdens and safety against the need to maintain a high-quality education during the coronavirus pandemic.
The VIN News Service contacted the 37 veterinary schools in both countries to ask what the fall semester will look like and how budgets and tuition will be affected. Thirty-four responded.
Owing to the possible economic hardships of the pandemic on students, many schools are holding tuition steady. Tuition and fees at 20 programs are unchanged or rising only nominally. In one of the 20, the University of Minnesota, a fee decrease is even bringing down prices slightly, and nonresident tuition at Michigan State University is down significantly.
Officials at some programs recognize that students could use further financial help.
“When [students] come back in the fall, we’re going to probably try to subsidize them with more scholarships to assist them, dependent on their financial need …. [W]e anticipate a greater financial need for them and we are trying to find external support for them in the fall,” said Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of Tuskegee College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama.