Can I sue regarding the health fee that my college includes as part of my tuition?

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Can I sue regarding the health fee that my college includes as part of my tuition?

I’m a full time college student. I’m required to pay a health fee as part of my tuition, that fee covers counseling services on campus available to all

students. Can I legally be denied access to counseling services by the center’s director, especially after I have already paid and they don’t refund me the fee I paid? So, basically they get my money but don’t render services. They just pocket the money.

Asked on July 9, 2018 under Business Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can be denied access for several good reasons, such as: 1) you did not apply/sign up for the services properly (violated the rules for using it); 2) you have done something demonstrating that you are a threat to the counselors (they don't need to put their people at risk); 3) you are not currently a student in good standing (e.g. suspended); etc.. But if there is no "good cause" for denying you access, you may be able to sue--at a minimum, for a return of the portion of your tuition attributable to the services you did not receive, and/or for the out-of-pocket cost you paid for counseling elsewhere.


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