As the COVID-19 crisis continues, education continues to be a source of anxiety for both students and their parents.
While some school systems in this country are insisting they'll be open for business, others have so far refused. At the same time, many institutions of higher education, like Harvard, say they'll provide students with online classes -- but with no tuition discount, prompting outraged tweets like this one: "Paying @Harvard tuition for University of Phoenix experience."
The company Deloitte surveyed more than 1,000 parents, and discovered 66% of K-12 parents and 62% of college-age parents are anxious about sending their kids back to school because of the pandemic.
Eighty-one percent of the parents polled say their children's colleges closed since March 2020. Despite that, 52% say they've been "satisfied with education provided during shutdown."
What's more, 72% of the parents had concerns for health regarding their kids returning to class, with 40% citing their finances as a reason to rethink plans for the fall.
The survey also revealed that 24% said they were unsure how their student's college will open in the fall and what safety precautions will be taken. Considering that 30% of parents were considering transferring to online-only institutions, 29% of students say they may change their college plans and live at home.
Eleven percent of the parents surveyed say that if their kids' college does open for business in the fall, they'd prefer off-campus housing because it's "safer/healthier than dorm life."