KADN- LAFAYETTE, LA UL Lafayette has historically offered online classes to accommodate a student's individual needs. During this time some students are questioning whether the university should be charging college students additional fees to take online classes. Some UL Lafayette students took to Facebook to share discontent over extra fees that apply to certain virtual courses.
News15 spoke to the Vice President of Enrollment Management at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who says there's a difference between online and remote classes.
"When COVID happended, we had a lot of classes that were face to face as well, so we call them a whole different classification. We call those remote," say Dr. Dewayne Bowie, Vice President of enrollment management.
Remote courses may not have any extra fees, but when it comes to traditional online and hybrid classes, a $30 per credit hour fee is used to support technology and online falculty."We actually have a training process, a certification process to teach online classes that have certain technology built into those classes."
UL Lafayette student Elijah List will be a senior this fall. He says works two jobs to support his education.
"It's comforting to know that I will have a certified teacher, and I will have someone there that, you know, can fix problems with technolgy that I might have, but at the same it's still surprising that I have to pay these fees. Luckily for me it's only two classes, but for someone else it could be their entire schedule," says List.
Dr. Dewayne Bowie says he understands the confusion between online and remote courses, but ensures that the university is doing their best to accomadate students during this time. "Online allows them to then still be engaged and earn their degree at UL and not come to campus. So that's one of the real benefits," says Dr. Bowie.
To get the latest information about UL Lafayette's return to campus plan and continuing response to COVID-19 you can visit Louisiana.edu.