Tuition Tab strikes me as an app that might have begun as a joke—and ended up as something that could possibly force truant professors to change their habits. Developed by college student Logan Moore, Tuition Tab keeps track of how late your professor is for class each day, as well as when classes are outright cancelled. Moore remarks that he was frustrated by paying for classes, only to have them cancelled:
I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t mind when class is canceled but I also would like a reimbursement for something I paid for but didn’t get. Tuition Tab allows you to enter your Tuition information and it then gives you a running total of how late your professor is and how much of your tuition they have wasted. There is also the “Class was Canceled” button.
Oh, and the funniest part? At the end of the semester, you can generate an invoice to send to your professor and university requesting reimbursement for your “lost” tuition.
I feel obligated to point out that tuition is based on far more than how many hours you sit in a classroom—you’re paying for all manner of resources and services that your university lets students use for “free.” And professors are allowed sick days too, right? Still, Tuition Tab is an ironically amusing app that just might get you some results. I doubt that your university will refund you, but as Moore points out: fifty emails complaining about the instructor’s attendance are good incentive for them to change their habits.