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Here’s what different schools are doing:

Harvard will allow up to 40 percent of undergraduates on campus this fall, with first-year students getting priority. All classes will be held online, regardless. The university will charge full tuition — currently set at about $50,000 — but some students studying remotely will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Princeton won’t allow more than half of undergraduates on campus at any point. Some small classes might be held in person. The school will cut its tuition by 10 percent, to $48,500.

Georgetown will invite first-year students on campus only. It hasn’t yet decided whether to cut tuition, currently set at $57,000.

Expect lots of coronavirus testing. Harvard will test students on campus every three days, while Cornell will test weekly. Georgetown says tests will be available whenever they are needed.

Plenty of questions remain:

• What are students getting for their (mostly full-price) education? “They are exposing the kids to increased virus risk, something that is arguably justifiable in exchange for in-person learning, which everyone agrees is better than online,” Ken Bradley, the father of a Yale student, told The Times. “But no, the kids will do remote learning, from campus! At full tuition!”

• Can institutions afford widespread testing? Big, rich universities have the money and resources to test students for the illness regularly. That is not the case for other institutions, including primary and secondary schools.

• What about older faculty members who are more at risk of contracting serious illness? Over 850 instructors at Georgia Tech signed a letter opposing the school’s reopening plans, which do not mandate face masks.

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