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College Budgets Take Another Hit With Dining Halls Sitting Empty

  • Schools refunded millions in room and board charges this year
  • ‘We’ve got fewer residential students and less dining revenue’
A student sits alone inside the George Sherman Union Food Hall at Boston University in Boston on Sept. 23.
A student sits alone inside the George Sherman Union Food Hall at Boston University in Boston on Sept. 23.Photographer: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit all corners of college life -- even the lunch line.

With just a fraction of university students buying food from campus dining halls, customers are down while virus-related expenses for items including disposable cutlery and carry-out containers are up.