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March 22, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Proposal to seek a higher-education surcharge

Why impose hardships on students?

I have three points to make in response to the student-perspective-devoid article “Gov. Gregoire seeks higher-ed surcharge” [page one, March 18].

First, the idea that the “tuition surcharge” will be decreased at the end of the biennium fails to take into account the fact that tuition has never been reduced by the state.

Secondly, increases in the Pell Grant and the higher-education tax credit were created to make college more affordable for families, not more affordable for the state.

Finally, students are already swimming in debt and any graduate in this economic crisis is lucky to find work to keep their head above water. Using the debt capacity of students to bail out the state will cause hardships for Washington’s students and families far into the future.

— Mike Bogatay, executive director, Washington Student Lobby, Olympia

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