While the overall cost of college isn’t getting any cheaper, unvaccinated students at Rhodes College will now have to incur another cost to attend school.
According to Newsweek, Rhodes College announced that there will be a $1,500 fee for students who haven’t been unvaccinated. Also known as a health and safety fee, the charge is to cover weekly testing that those who are unvaccinated will have to adhere to.
“Vaccines are now widely available in Memphis and throughout the U.S.,” a spokesperson for Rhodes College stated. “We do not want to ask vaccinated students to pay for testing for unvaccinated students.”
Students who are unvaccinated because of religious or medical reasons will have the fee waived. International students who may not have access to the vaccine before arriving are said to be able to document their intent and will also receive a fee waiver.
“We are pleased to see that a high percentage of our students, faculty, and staff have already chosen to be vaccinated,” a statement from the school read. “A campus-wide commitment to vaccination will mean that we can move towards full capacity and reduced masking allowing for the intentional in-person campus life experience that we all love about Rhodes,” according to Newsweek.
Unvaccinated students are also required to wear masks while on campus.
As previously reported, the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) will require three Black colleges and universities—Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, in addition to Morehouse School of Medicine and the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library, to be fully vaccinated at the beginning of the upcoming semester, according to an announcement.
Roomies, what do y’all think of this?