Students Question Whether College During Pandemic Is Worth The Cost

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A student wears a facemask at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California on March 11, 2020. USC will reopen for fall semester with online and in-person classes, more distancing in dorms. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

As coronavirus cases continue rising in California, colleges and universities across the state are assessing how best to operate for the fall semester. Some are completely transitioning to remote learning. Others are looking to combine both online and in-person classes. These changes have left students with some difficult choices: Continue school under these conditions or withdraw for the semester? Return to campus or stay home? In this hour, well hear from students, schools, and health officials about what college campuses could look like this fall.


Kairav Sharma, student, University of California, Berkeley

Anemona Hartocollis, higher education reporter, The New York Times

Devin Jopp, CEO, American College Health Association

Tanaya Sardesai, student, Pomona College

Lizette Navarette, vice chancellor for finance and facilities planning at the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office