What are our rights if our university improperly billed us and is now, halfway through the semester, forcing a group of 170 students to pay additional tuition?

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What are our rights if our university improperly billed us and is now, halfway through the semester, forcing a group of 170 students to pay additional tuition?

They claim that the correct amounts were not placed on classes when we registered. They are now correcting the mistake halfway through the semester. Am I legally required to pay the new bill and do I have an option to contest this bill since it is not the amount I was originally billed for and have already started to the semester.

Asked on October 11, 2015 under Business Law, Colorado

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You have a contract with the university in which the university provides classes for which you pay tuition.
If there is a mistake in a contract by one party, and the other party did not know and had no reason to know of the mistake, the contract is enforced on the stated terms against the mistaken party.
Therefore, if you did not know and had no reason to know of the billing error, the contract is enforced on the mistaken terms against the university and you are not liable for payment of the additional amount the university is claiming to correct its billing error.


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