The Associated Press
People celebrated last month when the Legislature said it wouldn’t have to make college any more expensive in Washington state, but many forgot that lawmakers had already put plans in place for a double-digit tuition increase next school year.
Washington State University’s board of regents posted a timely reminder Friday, when it voted to raise tuition 16 percent for the second year in a row.
That increase of $1,500 will make WSU tuition $10,874 for in-state undergraduates next school year. With mandatory fees added in, the bill will come to about $11,735, which means it will continue to be slightly more expensive to attend WSU than University of Washington.
UW is set to vote on a 16 percent increase in June after raising tuition 20 percent last year. A 16 percent hike, which translates to $1,564, would make in-state tuition $11,305 for the 2012-13 school year.
Western, Eastern and Central Washington universities, and The Evergreen State College all made two-year tuition decisions last summer after the Legislature decided to put tuition increases of up to 16 percent into the state’s two-year budget. This year’s Legislature decided not to increase that figure, but it also didn’t make it disappear.
In-state tuition at Evergreen and Central will go up 14 percent this fall. Tuition at Eastern is going up 11 percent. Western will have a second year of 16 percent tuition hikes.
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which oversees Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges, raised tuition last year by 13 percent for full-time students and 11 percent for part-timers.
The board will vote on this year’s rates next week. The proposal is the same as last year: a 12 percent average increase translated to 13 percent for full-timers and 11 percent for part-timers.