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Legislation Linking Tuition to Average Wage Passes Washington State Senate

March 13, 2015 / Phil Lesch

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Marach 13th, 2015

A bill that would tie tuition at public colleges in Washington State to a portion of the average state wage passed the State Senate on Wednesday, The Spokesman-Review reports.

The measure would sharply cut the cost of colleges statewide, with the larger ones required to set tuition at a higher percentage of the average annual wage — which is about $52,600 — and community and regional colleges assigned a smaller number. The tuition cuts’ cost to the state would be $112 million to $232 million.

“All this is really talking about is making higher education a priority as we craft a $37 billion budget,” the bill’s lead sponsor, John Braun, a Republican, told the Associated Press.

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