Tuition freeze in Washinton State

The solution to avoid the Washington state shutdown last June included a higher education tuition freeze for one year, extending last year’s tuition rates to this year’s students.

The $33 billion state budget signed by Governor Jay Inslee June 30 gave a 12 percent increase in higher education funding, providing $119 million to colleges and universities.

An additional $18 million will be available for computer science and engineering programs at the three major Washington universities: Washington State University, Central Washington University and the University of Washington.

A few budget proposals did not pass, including a 20-percent surcharge to international students and denial of out-of-state insurance for part-time employees, possibly forcing them to use state options. This would have impacted many college and university faculty members.

Tuition often increases almost three percent each year.