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.