Mark Cumbest is helping his son move into American University's Anderson Hall.
He says paying for a private college during a recession isn't fun...
"But I consider it an investment. Probably one of the best investments I can make would be in my children."
Many families find it hard to pay more than $15,000 dollars a semester, which is what American charges for tuition.
But on this day, parents are mainly focused on helping their children settle in - and on the difficult task of saying goodbye.
Hanan Aboulmagd is from Egypt and her daughter will be attending American this fall.
Aboulmagd says she didn't realize how emotionally difficult this would be:
"She's so independent and she wanted to come here. But when the moment came, it's not easy."
Students will be moving into American University's dorms throughout the rest of this month.
David Schultz reports...