UPDATE: 4 p.m. | WSU has extended the waiver offer to students whose permanent addresses are in Arlington.
UPDATE: 1:37 p.m. | Washington State University officials say they believe about 75 to 100 students could qualify for the waiver, including incoming freshmen and transfers. Also, Western Washington University has offered to help prospective or current students and is encouraging those students to notify the financial-aid office of their status.
Washington State University has offered to waive tuition for the coming academic year for any students affected by the Oso mudslide, and University of Washington said it will also help with tuition costs.
WSU’s offer, extended by WSU President Elson Floyd in a letter to Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin, waives tuition for students whose permanent addresses are in either Oso or Darrington. The offer is good for the 2014-15 academic year.
WSU officials said they don’t yet know how many students would qualify. “These are very small communities, so we are not talking hundreds of students,” said spokeswoman Kathy Barnard in an email.
UW spokesman Norm Arkans said the UW will also help families affected by the slide, although the UW is not offering a blanket tuition waiver to Oso and Darrington students. Arkans said the university has emergency funds in place to help families affected by disasters, and that those who took a financial hit because of the slide should contact the UW’s financial-aid office.
Undergraduate, in-state tuition and fees for a year at WSU and the UW are about $12,000. Both universities said incoming freshmen would be included in the offer.
In the letter, Floyd also notes that WSU’s Snohomish County Extension office is helping with the evacuation and care of farm animals.
“Oso, Darrington and Snohomish County have been good neighbors to WSU,” Floyd wrote. “We will continue to build on that spirit through and beyond … this difficult time.”
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