MBA students demand tuition fee refunds over campus closures

Elvera Bartels

MBA students at some of the world’s leading business schools are demanding a refund on their tuition fees as compensation for campus closures and the switch to what they view as inferior online learning.

A petition circulating among students at The Wharton School, where fees alone for a two-year MBA degree can exceed $160,000, has received close to 900 signatures, equivalent to a single year’s intake.

At Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where the two-year MBA programme costs $150,000 in fees, an online petition has been signed by the equivalent to 80 per cent of the class. Students have made similar demands at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and at Insead.

“They have clearly shown that they do not care about us,” said Smith Kachhy, an MBA candidate at Insead’s Singapore campus who predicted the fees row would discourage future students. “Everything has been derailed on our end and

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