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Wheaton & Chaff

“No heat, no hot water, no electricity, no Internet”–and full room and board at Wheaton:

Ms. Bombasaro-Brady, who spent a semester in South Africa on a program run by the School for International Training, said Wheaton forced her family to pay full Wheaton tuition, room and board — more than $21,000 that semester — even though the program cost $4,439 less.
“I had an amazing time in South Africa, and I wouldn’t change the experience for anything in the world,” Ms. Bombasaro-Brady said. “But it doesn’t seem right that I was living in a place with no heat, no hot water, no electricity, no Internet, and paying the cost of my dorm room here.”
Wheaton is not the only institution to charge home tuition and fees to students who study abroad on programs that cost thousands of dollars less. But because of Ms. Bombasaro-Brady’s family, it is the one facing litigation on the pricing question.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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