State Relations


May 11, 2011

Tuition-setting bill passes and Gov. says she’ll sign it

The state’s five public universities and The Evergreen State College will set their own undergraduate tuition under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday and is expected to be signed by the governor. Read the Seattle Times story.

May 9, 2011

Tuition-setting authority likely

Legislators appear to have reached agreement on allowing the state’s public universities to set undergraduate resident tuition for the next four years. The bill, House Bill 1795, also would permit institutions to charge more for higher-cost degree programs.

April 20, 2011

Budget issues unresolved; special session likely

With the legislative houses several hundred million dollars apart on a final biennial budget, and the official end of the session coming this week, a special session is all but certain. Dozens of important fiscal and policy bills also await action. Read an update from Olympia here.

April 14, 2011

Higher Education Opportunity Act: A roadmap for the future?

House Bill 1795, which is before the House Ways & Means Committee, “attempts to help our state’s two and four year institutions of higher education manage their way through this Great Recession,” according to its sponsor, Rep. Reuven Carlyle. The bill gives institutions of higher education four years of tuition setting authority to help offset…

April 6, 2011

Statement from UW Interim President Phyllis Wise on House budget

“It is discouraging to see half of the state’s appropriation for the UW disappear in the space of two biennia. On the one hand, we are grateful that the House budget writers recognize the links among tuition, state funds, and financial aid. When the state does not have the funds to support higher education, raising…

March 1, 2011

Olympian newspaper calls for giving higher ed tuition authority to offset budget cuts

The Olympian newspaper, in an editorial, calls for giving the state’s universities the flexibility to make up budget shortfalls with higher tuition. The editorial points out that current proposals, if enacted, could mean that state funding of the UW has been cut by half in just three years.

February 25, 2011

UW describes potential effects of large budget cuts

In response to a request from legislative leaders, Interim President Phyllis Wise outlined the effect of budget cuts that were at the level of the governor’s proposed cuts (about $189 million) plus 15 or 30 percent. Those effects could include: Up to 500 fewer Washington residents in the freshman class Loss of up to 1,800…

February 2, 2011

Bill would give universities unlimited tuition authority for four years

The state’s colleges and universities would have four years of unlimited tuition-setting authority to establish a new baseline for tuition under a bill introduced Tuesday.

State’s prepaid college tuition program may face overhaul

With tuition rising rapidly at the state’s public colleges and universities, some legislators believe the popular Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program may need to be restructured.

January 4, 2011

Higher ed task force makes recommendations

A  task force appointed by the governor has recommended that the state’s four-year colleges and universities be allowed to raise tuition  to cover costs  if necessary to produce more college graduates to meet demand.  The task force also recommended creating a scholarship fund with a $1 billion fund-raising goal in the next decade to support low- and middle-income…

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