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Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washington’s citizens, yet disinvest in public education at the same time. When the state decreases funding for schools, tuition rises, making higher education increasingly out of reach

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Progressive Tax Reform

How Washington is pricing thousands of high school graduates out of college

Affordable higher education was once a hallmark of living Washington state — but no more. Sure, tuition will drop a bit in 2015-16, but so will funding for state financial aid. And even adjusted for inflation, the cost of tuition

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, Progressive Tax Reform

Tuition freeze small step in right direction

As the Washington legislative session wrapped up, our legislators finally took at least one important step in the right direction. Or rather, they stopped going in the wrong direction. It’s about time. Tuition and fees at the University of Washington

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

WA Senate keeps creating more tax loopholes

It’s the job of the Legislature to make sure our kids get a good education, open the doors to higher education, keep us safe at home and on our roads, and to maintain parks for our recreation, enjoyment, and quality

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Totally free public higher education?

Tuition-free postsecondary education may seem like a stretch in our current economic climate, but it is not impossible, as Jordan Weissman describes in an interesting thought experiment over at the Atlantic. More people need to go to college than ever

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Washington’s GET program: An accidental bulwark against higher tuition for STEM degrees

In 2011, the Washington State Legislature approved a bill that paved the way for public colleges and universities to start charging differential tuition: college degrees that cost more to confer, like engineering and business, would be subject to higher tuition than lower-cost degrees like history

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As students, they got affordable tuition – but as WA lawmakers, they raised it

Many of our state lawmakers got where they are today thanks to the affordable education they received at Washington State’s public universities. So how does the opportunity they enjoyed compare to what they are offering this year’s freshman class? The

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

1 in 5 households now hold student debt: Fewer options for grads – and a damper on the nation’s economy

In 1989 the average student debt was a manageable $9,634. By 2010 it had nearly tripled, to $26,682. Growing debt among grads locks many out of the housing market, lowers business start-ups, and delays major purchases.

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All work and no play still won’t pay for college

A few months ago, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) made waves with these choice words about students burdened by debt: I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money.

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Too many for-profit colleges fail to deliver for students

From the Tacoma News Tribune A new Senate education committee report on the nation’s for-profit colleges paints a disturbing picture of billions in taxpayer dollars being spent on student aid, with precious little to show for it. Tuition at these colleges

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