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Frequently Asked Questions - Proposal to Increase Tuition.

To provide you with the very latest information on a proposal to increase tuition at the University of the District of Columbia, we've created this Frequently Asked Questions page, which will be updated as questions and updates are received.

As many of you know, public universities across the country are struggling to cope with diminishing resources. Many colleges have increased tuition in order to deal with the higher costs of providing services. In May 2012 the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees approved a modest increase in the tuition rates in accordance with the market rates of comparable universities. Please read the following information, and forward any questions to

What are the new tuition rates?

This Notice of Final Rulemaking amends only the tuition rates for the Community College and University of the District of Columbia (Flagship University) effective upon publication of this notice in the D.C. Register. A separate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is simultaneously being published for public comment, the purpose of which is to increase the David A. Clarke School of Law tuition. The following tuition rates shall be in effect:

Student/LevelPer Credit Hour
(except as otherwise noted)
Washington, D.C. Residents$100.00
Metropolitan Area Residents$168.00
All Other Residents$283.00
Washington, D.C. Residents$276.47
Metropolitan Area Residents$319.80
All Other Residents$579.80
Washington, D.C. Residents$437.96
Metropolitan Area Residents$495.73
All Other Residents$842.40
Washington, DC Residents$4,425 per semester
All Other Residents$8,850 per semester
Washington, DC Residents$300
All Other Residents$600

Detailed information regarding tuition and fees can be found on the UDC Fees and Tuition web page.

Why is it necessary to raise tuition?

The University, like every other business in the nation, is experiencing rising utility and general operational costs.  Without additional resources from the District government, the University must be able to generate revenue in order to stay in business.  The current proposal raises tuition slightly over time – just like most public universities do – in order to offset inflation.  Raising tuition slightly over time avoids the need to abruptly and dramatically raise tuition in order to meet operational needs.    

How much will my tuition increase? 

Each in-state student in the flagship university would see an approximately $255 per semester increase.  This represents about 4% of current tuition.  See chart:

Undergraduate (Flagship)   
D.C. Residents$6,380 $6,635 $255
Metropolitan Area Residents$7,380 $7,675 $295
All Others$13,380 $13,915 $535
Graduate (Flagship institution)   
D.C. Residents$7,580 $7,883 $303
Metropolitan Area Residents$8,580 $8,923 $343
All Others$14,580 $15,163 $583

Because rates were recently raised for out of state community college students, the increase would not affect any Community College students until the fall of 2013.  The law school's tuition would be increased by 20%.  Inflation has increased the cost of goods and services for everyone – including the University.  In fact, inflation has increased the University's operational costs by over 6% since 2009. The proposed 4% increase will help the University offset this increased cost and ensure services are not reduced.

Will financial aid cover the additional cost? 

Yes.  There are several options available to help the student cover tuition costs.  You can explore these options in the financial aid pages. For more information, email financial aid.

How does the city support the University? 

The District government contributes a payment to the University, which is approximately $63 million per year, just about one third of the total budget.  This is roughly the same amount that has been contributed to the operation of the University since 1996, in real terms.  However, the University is adding more students, more campuses, and more programs each year;  all of these increase the cost of the running the institution.  In order to keep up with the rising costs without additional support from the District government, the University must charge higher tuition.

How can students influence the District government's contribution? 

The University recently started a letter writing campaign for supporters to send message directly to the Mayor and City Council.  You can access it here: Invest in UDC.

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Additional meetings will be held on this proposal.  As always, you can email your questions to UDC