Tuition rates are growing faster than families can keep up with. Federal and state financial aid is not making up the difference. The 7 and 14 percent increases over the last few years are arbitrary and not based on median income familes' ability to pay. Tie tuition rates to an indicator that has grounding in the real economy
In our effort to balance the state budget, Higher Education has landed on the chopping block. I believe this is a gross mistake. Washington needs to continue to attract and retain the best and the brightest if we expect to sustain our economy for the future. Lets not become so short sighted in a time of economic crises as to threaten our future.
Suspend the program offering in-state tuition to residents of border counties. They go out of their way to not pay WA sales tax, so they are not supporting our schools, the state is just giving them a free handout. Also, end the program offering in-state tuition to 'undocumented' students. If you're not a resident of WA, you pay out of state. if you're not a citizen of the US, you don't get to go to a WA college without ...more »
Grant universities greater autonomy from the Legislature and state rules in exchange for reduced appropriations. University appropriations have already been cut by nearly 20% since 2007 while not receiving any freedom to set their own tuition rates or generate new sources of revenue. Grant UW and WSU tuition autonomy, but cut their appropriations to only fund essential staff and low-income education grants.