Rocchio, et. al. v. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers Student Fee Settlement
Case No. MID-L-003039-20

Welcome to the Rutgers Student Fee Settlement Website

If you paid Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey fees for the Spring 2020 Semester and did not receive a refund, you may be eligible to receive cash compensation from a class action settlement.

Important Update:
The Court held the Fairness Hearing on Friday, January 28, 2022 and issued an Order approving the Settlement. The Order can be viewed on the Important Documents page here.

What is this lawsuit about?

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit between Defendant Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (“Defendant” or “Rutgers”) and certain individuals who have alleged that they, and the Settlement Class Members, are entitled to pro rata refunds of on-campus tuition, fees, and other charges for the Spring 2020 Semester because Rutgers transitioned to remote learning in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with New Jersey State mandates. The case is Rocchio, et al. v. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Dkt. No. MID-L-003039-20, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County (the “Action”). The proposed Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Rutgers, and Rutgers denies that it violated the law. The Court dismissed all of the plaintiffs’ claims in the Action and the parties reached this settlement to resolve the plaintiffs’ appeal from that dismissal. The Court has granted final approval of the Settlement.

How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?

You are a member of the Settlement Class if you paid Defendant Spring 2020 Semester fees of any type or amount. But, you are not a Settlement Class Member if you already received refunds for your Spring 2020 fees or if you opt out of the Settlement.

What does the Settlement provide?

After the Effective Date of the Settlement Agreement, Rutgers will pay a total of $5 million. Some of that will go to Plaintiffs’ counsel for attorneys’ fees and will pay for the costs of administering the settlement. What remains of the $5 million will be divided equally among the roughly 59,500 Settlement Class Members. Settlement Class Members did not need take any action to receive their shares of the payment. All Students (Active and Inactive) automatically received their shares by check mailed to the Settlement Class Member’s last known mailing address. If any Settlement Class Members fail to cash their benefit checks, those monies will be deposited in the Rutgers COVID-19 Dean of Students Emergency Fund.


Option and Deadline
DO NOTHING All Students (Active and Inactive) who did nothing will automatically receive a cash payment by check to the student’s last known mailing address after the Effective Date of the Settlement Agreement.
April 8, 2022 - Passed
All Students (Active and Inactive) could have filed an Election Form to receive your payment by Venmo or PayPal.
January 7, 2022 - Passed
You will not receive your Settlement Benefit, but you will retain any rights you have to sue Rutgers about the issues in this case.
January 7, 2022 - Passed
You could have written to the Court explaining why you don’t like the Settlement.
January 28, 2022 - Passed
You could have asked to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.

For More Information

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Rutgers Student Fee Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91345
Seattle, WA 98111