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TUITION: Don’t devalue GET contributions

Letter by John D. Witters, Everett on Feb. 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm with 3 Comments »
February 6, 2012 2:30 pm

Re: “State GET program may not cover cost” (TNT, 1-29).

I was disturbed to read about proposed differential tuition rates and the effect they will have on families who use the Guaranteed Education Tuition program to prepay tuition. In the article, state Sen. Jim Kastama characterized the proposal as a “bait and switch.”

Our family would be one of those affected by the proposal. We are contributing almost $71,000 into the GET program in lump sum and custom monthly payments over the next 13 years to send our 5-year-old son to college. I thought that this program was backed by the full faith and credit of the state of Washington. I am very upset that there appears to be an effort to devalue our contributions.

Please keep the GET program solvent, and keep its promise that 100 units will pay for a year of education. Our family cannot afford to make a $71,000 mistake. Our son is depending on us.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. alindasue says:

    I chose not to get involved with the GET program with my children because I knew that the end benefit was only as good as the next legislative session, and it turns out I was right. Too often programs are set up only to fail when budget priorities change.

    What really bothers me is this whole variable credit price thing. At this rate, only those from the most well off families would be able to afford a useable professional degree. They are already pricing our youth out of school with added fees. This variable tuition nonsense is likely to be the final nail in the coffin.

  2. David1964 says:

    I purchased the equivalent of 3 and a half years of tuition back when GET started. My son is now a junior, a little late to figure out how to cough up more money for his education. (Had I known back then that room and board would cost as much as tuition, I would have bought more GET units and saved more money along with it.) Funny how Boeing and other companies are begging for locally raised graduates in engineering (which my son plans to major in), so much so that they are highering many people from out of state. In the meantime our state is creating an additional barrier to future residents becoming engineers. Does not make sense at all!!!

  3. took14theteam says:

    You Pull the D lever, you get what you vote for….

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