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State college opportunity remains in Great Recession

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

Some lawmakers have big plans for helping students get college and technical degrees. Unfortunately, they don’t have big plans for paying for it.

The Legislature’s record of funding college opportunity is abysmal, even factoring in the economic whirlwinds of the Great Recession. It typically uses the higher education system – universities, community and technical colleges – as a fiscal piggy bank. It’s the easiest thing to break when money runs short.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently released a report on what’s happened to public colleges since the recession hit.

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Behind high tuitions, there’s $2.4 billion in financial aid

There’s bad news for would-be college students, then good news, then more bad news. Stick with us.

The bad – for most Washington students – is the new round of steep tuition increases headed their way. Earlier this month, Washington State University approved its second consecutive 16 percent increase, which will raise the price of next year’s schooling by $1,500.

The University of Washington also looks headed for a 16 percent increase; the UW and WSU will each cost something north of $11,000 in 2012-2013. Tuition will be lower at other public universities and lower still at community and technical

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Lawmakers: Get radical about funding higher ed

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

There’s so much talk in Olympia right now about de-funding public colleges, it’s good to see some serious people figuring out how to fund them.

The governor’s higher education funding task force – a group of business and higher ed leaders that’s been wrestling with the issue since July – came out with some weighty recommendations Wednesday. State lawmakers ought to study them closely and act on them by the time they go home in a few months.

Yes, the budget distress will necessarily dominate the session; that’s exactly why Washington’s college system needs urgent attention, too.

The state’s traditional approach to subsidizing college opportunity is broken and getting more broken. Neither taxpayers nor lawmakers have been willing to finance college for today’s students the way the World War II generation financed college for the Baby Boomers.
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