College Tuition

Higher Education
1:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Record Number Of King Co. Teens Pledging To Good Grades, Behavior For Free College

Students rush in to a lecture hall on a college campus.
Eric Risberg AP Photo

An effort to commit south King County teens to a state program that guarantees fully-paid college tuition in exchange for good grades and good behavior through high school has reported its most successful sign-up campaign yet.

Organizers at the Road Map Project, which supports seven King County school districts, say a record 96 percent of eligible eighth-graders signed up for Washington's College Bound Scholarship this year.

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10:46 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Tuition Freeze in Place at Wash. State Schools

FILE - In this photo taken April 26, 2013, University of Washington students Benjamin Ferschli, left, Oscar Haavardsholm and Nicholas McMillan study in Suzzallo Library at the school in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Higher education budgets are getting their first increase from the Washington general fund since 2009, and with that boost, comes a mandated one-year tuition freeze that provides a welcome break for those paying for college.

School officials say the moves came just in time. Tuition rates have nearly doubled over the past four years to help make up for a series of state budget cuts. Further increases, administrators feared, would prevent some students from enrolling.

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Higher Education
9:23 am
Tue July 2, 2013

WSU won't raise tuition next year

Jimmy Emmerson Flickr

For the first time in 27 years, tuition will not increase next year for students at Washington State University.

The WSU Board of Regents on Monday rescinded a previously approved 2 percent tuition increase for the 2013-14 school year.

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Education
5:51 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Colleges wait out state Legislature for tuition plan

Students heading off to college in Washington state next fall will have to wait awhile to find out how much tuition they'll be paying.

Since the Legislature hasn't finished the state budget, no one is sure whether lawmakers will recommend a tuition increase, or cut, or neither. All three ideas have been proposed this year.

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College costs
11:15 am
Mon July 23, 2012

$20K in-state tuition may not be far off in Washington

A child who is 11 years old today could be paying more than $20,000 by the time he or she enters state school, according to an actuarial report prepared for the state's prepaid tuition program.

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College education costs
1:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Student protesters run into police trouble on Capitol Hill

In this screen grab from the video shot by someone with the #MicCheckWallStreet protesters, Seattle police officers make an arrest.

An increase in the number of people protesting with the student group #MicCheckWallStreet last night on Capital Hill brought an increase in police presence with it.

And, not long after more than 80 people took to the streets to “peacefully” protest the rising costs of a college education, according to one organizer, the gathering turned hostile when a single arrest was made.

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Tuition hikes
1:20 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Could rising costs put community college out of reach?

"A lot of students have to go one quarter, then stop and work to save up money to go another quarter." Daniel Jean Baptiste
Paula Wissel KPLU

 It used to be if you can't go to a four year school, go to community college.  Now, it's like what are you supposed to do if you can't go to community college?   

  Daniel Jean Baptiste, South Seattle Community College student 

Tuition will go up at the state's public two-year colleges by an average of 12 percent this fall.  For a full-time student, tuition will go from $3,542 to $4,000--a 13 percent increase.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges voted on the increase to help offset $110 million in state cuts to the community and technical colleges. 

Many students, already struggling to afford school, say it threatens to put higher education out of reach.

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Higher Education
1:22 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Money for college getting harder to come up with, study finds

Despite signs that the state economy is improving, finding money to send children to college is still becoming more difficult.

More students received financial aid last year, but even more families aren't getting the help they need, according to a new report from the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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Education
9:53 am
Tue June 7, 2011

WSU Regents hike tuition 16 percent

The Regents of Washington State University have approved a sixteen percent increase in in-state undergraduate tuition on the same day that Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law legislation giving Washington state’s four-year universities authority to set their own tuition.

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Higher Education
6:00 am
Tue June 7, 2011

State college students likely to see higher tuition and financial aid

This fall, college students could face bigger tuition hikes than Washington has seen in nearly a decade. That’s after two years of double digit increases.

Under a bill signed by Governor Chris Gregoire, state colleges get to set their own rates. They’re also expected to help students who can’t afford to pay more. 

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