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The University of the District of Columbia is considering several changes, including ending its open-door policy for four-year students and raising tuition sharply. Some students will not let the changes come without a fight and there are plans to pitch tents and boycott classes tomorrow to protest the plan.

On Admissions 101 readers have been talking about the impact of a tighter student loan market, declining endowments, shrinking college saving plans and state funding cuts.

If you were a UDC student how would you react to this plan? Share your thoughts and weigh in on the discussion, "Economy Crash and College Finance: What's New?"

By Washington Post Editors  | February 10, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
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As a recent graduate of UDC, I am outraged of the changes. The purpose of the university is to provide quality education for an affordable price to persons in the Washington area who may not be able to attend other universities. Due to the added economic stress that the students face today, I do not think that it would be feasible for the tuition to double. There are alot of students enrolled at UDC who pay out of pocket such as myself to receive an education. The majority of students have children and cannot afford the extra strain that an increased tuition would cause. Increasing the tuition would subsequently force many students to leave school.

I would also like to comment on the statistic that was incorporated in this article regarding only 16 percent of the students graduate. The average person who attend UDC is not straight out of high school. In fact, the average student is in their late twenties, works full time job, have children and attend school part time. As far as only 16 percent graduating, I believe it is an understatment. I attended school full time and graduated in four years in the top of my class. I have a career and UDC prepared me for it. Since UDC is a small university, it gave me one on one attention that a bigger university could not provide. It allowed me to build a relationship with my professors and I am still in contact with them today. UDC helped mold me into the African American woman I am today.

Posted by: twinnsmurf | February 11, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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