This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
Washington’s public universities can offer low tuition, excellent education and ample financial aid. The problem is, they can’t offer all three at the same time – not now, not during this revenue crisis.
One of the three has to give. It ought to be the bargain tuition the system has traditionally charged all comers, including students from the state’s wealthiest families.
State Sen. Derek Kilmer, the Gig Harbor Democrat who chairs the Senate Higher Education Committee, has the right approach: a bill that would give the universities more leeway in raising tuition while demanding that they offer generous financial assistance to the needy and much of the middle class.
With the Legislature giving higher education an ever-diminishing share of the state operating budget – and with the present fiscal crisis threatening to make things far worse – Senate Bill 6562 has become a necessity.
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