Huge Tuition Increases Approved at the University of the District of Columbia

A few weeks ago JBHE reported that the University of the District of Columbia was considering a proposal to raise tuition by 40 percent. The increases have now been approved by the board of trustees.

Under the plan, tuition for District residents will rise from $75 per credit hour to $90 per credit hour this coming fall. An additional $15 increase will occur in the fall of 2007. Students who live outside Washington will see a tuition increase from $185 per credit hour this year to $215 per credit hour in 2007.

Graduate tuition will also rise sharply from $198 per credit hour for District residents to $225 per credit hour.

The large tuition increases will undoubtedly have a negative impact on black enrollments. Blacks make up about 81 percent of the 5,000 undergraduate students at the university.

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