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Rep. Carlyle proposes bill that would give universities tuition-setting authority

Post by Katie Schmidt on Feb. 1, 2011 at 10:24 am |
February 1, 2011 11:00 am

Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, is planning to introduce a bill today that would grant public universities in the state tuition setting authority for four years and set up a new scholarship fund for middle-income families.

In a blog post announcing the legislation, Carlyle said he had been working with Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, and Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, the chairmen of the House and Senate committees that deal with higher education, to draft a bill that would implement some of the recommendations from the Higher Education Funding Task Force Report, released in January.

Carlyle’s bill, which doesn’t have a number yet, would also require universities to inform students about federal tax credits, make the state re-examine the Guaranteed Education Tuition Program and mandate that the Higher Education Coordinating Board take family size into account for State Need Grant eligibility

A bill introduced by Seaquist, House Bill 1666, would grant public universities and Evergreen State College tuition-setting authority starting in 2013. It’s scheduled for a hearing in the House Higher Education Committee Wednesday.

Carlyle and Seaquist are scheduled to hold a press conference on Carlyle’s bill at noon today.

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