“I spent 15,000 euros on my son who has not yet seen the color of the school walls.” This bitter comment by Naima is one of thousands of messages posted on the MesOpinions website since a petition was put online demanding partial refunds of business school tuition. In two weeks, it collected more than 21,000 signatures. Parents, students, foreign students… As May writes, “I spent a lot of money studying in France and with the online classes all the teachers use Google Meet (which is free) or Zoom.” Or Sandra, even more critically, “a year that should have been a unique experience has turned into a year of doubt, regret, fear and sometimes pain!!”.
On Friday, November 27, the Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE) submitted this petition through Alice Guilhon, the president of the chapter, who is also the general manager of Skema, without however approving it. “We work wonders with few resources. We reinvest everything we earn,” she emphasizes, recalling that business schools are mostly non-profit organizations that receive little help from the Chambers of Commerce. Moreover, according to her, the tuition fees charged to Masters in Management students do not cover the actual costs. “It’s the student load, the money from our foundations, and the vocational training that balances the books.” The message from the CGE is clear, there is no cut in revenue.