University of Virginia financial aid program cutbacks fuel debate

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They gathered, nearly 60 strong, at the University of Virginia’s landmark Rotunda last month.

While the university’s Board of Visitors deliberated within, students stood silently outside, many dressed in black. Some had sealed their mouths with duct tape inscribed with a message: “Access denied.”

They weren’t complaining about accessibility to the board meeting, which they later entered. They were protesting the board’s decision over the summer to trim back the expansive Access­UVa financial aid program.

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