The Senate voted 29-19 late Monday night to give the state’s three largest four-year universities the authority to set tuition for six years, starting in 2011-12.
Governing boards at the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University would be allowed to raise resident undergraduate and graduate tuition by up to 14 percent per year under a proposal that now moves to the House for further consideration.
The compound annual average increase is capped at 9 percent over the preceding 15 years; that means tuition can’t be raised by the maximum amount each year.
If enacted, the authority to determine how much students pay would be contingent on performance requirements, like degree production in high-demand fields, and the state maintaining its State Need Grant and Work-Study program funding in full.
The universities would also be required to waive tuition fees for some eligible in-state students.