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  • Higher ed, lower affordability

    Nineteen months ago, Washington’s higher education officials did what higher education officials do. They looked at a problem and wrote a report.


  • WSU students face 16 percent tuition hike

    Washington State University students face another tuition hike after deep funding cuts to higher education recently passed in the state Legislature. The WSU Board of Regents is expected to approve …


  • Tuition flexibility good news to colleges

    SEATTLE – There’s a very good reason Washington’s university presidents aren’t tearing down the governor’s door this week to complain about a proposed half-billion-dollar cut in state dollars for the …


  • Editorial: Move to let schools set tuition is long overdue

    In Washington, like other states, students and the state share in the cost of higher education. The less the state kicks in, the more students and their families are charged …


  • Lawmakers agree on tuition plan

    SEATTLE – Lawmakers say they’ve come to an agreement in principle on a higher-education bill that would give the state’s five public universities and the Evergreen State College authority to …


  • Higher-ed task force unveils list of solutions

    SEATTLE – A task force charged with finding stable money to pay for higher education in Washington state has some ideas it wants the Legislature to consider. At the top …


  • Vestal: Improving job prospects through school has hefty price

    Sara Kerbs-Ridenour is a schoolteacher working on a master’s degree in special ed. She’s 24, with three years of experience in the classroom. A Spokane native, she returned to Eastern …


  • WSU president rejects across-board cuts

    SPOKANE – Facing millions of dollars in budget cuts, Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd said the school needs to make a stronger case about the importance of higher …


  • Families use various ways to pay tuition

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Talk about sticker shock. Many parents set on helping send their kids to college have to catch their breath when they think about meeting the projected …


  • College costs often not as high as listed

    Editor’s note: Last in a series of articles on paying college costs. NEW YORK — Tuition figures aren’t always as scary as they first appear.


  • Choose wisely to save during college prep

    Editor’s note: Fourth in a series of articles on paying college costs. NEW YORK – College applications are time-consuming and stress-inducing enough, but even before they begin many families find …


  • Cards provide spending options for college students

    Editor’s note: Third in a series of articles on paying college costs. The campus credit card free-for-all is over, brought to an abrupt halt by the double-whammy of recession and …


  • It’s never too early to save for college

    Editor’s note: Second in a series of articles on paying college costs. DES MOINES, Iowa – The challenge of saving for a comfortable retirement has a few more degrees of …


  • Colleges struggle with cuts

    Frustration is what many community college students likely will experience this fall when newly enacted budget cuts take shape. Students will face longer lines for counseling services, difficulty securing spots …


  • Wash. prepaid tuition units increased to $117

    As of Saturday, it will cost $117 to buy one unit in Washington’s prepaid tuition program.


  • Universities looking to federal government for funds

    Public university presidents across the nation are discussing a new source of money to keep their campuses going.


  • College students getting pinched

    Alina Shanin will be three classes away from a degree in anthropology at the end of spring term, but the 21-year-old is concerned tuition increases coming this fall could make …


  • Wash. Senate approves tuition control to 3 schools

    The state Senate voted late Monday to hand its tuition-setting authority over to the leaders of the three largest universities.


  • Parents, students on edge over soaring tuition

    As students around the country anxiously wait for college acceptance letters, their parents are sweating the looming tuition bills at public universities.


  • Idaho colleges get more tuition flexibility

    The state Board of Education will allow Idaho’s public universities to seek tuition or fee increases higher than the 10 percent allowed each year.


  • College tuition is up sharply amid recession

    With the economy struggling, parents and students dared to hope this year might offer a break from rising college costs. Instead, they got another sharp increase.


  • Oregon universities expect tuition increases

    PORTLAND – Tuition and fees at Oregon’s seven public universities could rise by as much as 13 percent as the schools brace for state budget cuts. Oregon lawmakers are grappling …


  • UI to drop, merge academic programs

    The University of Idaho will eliminate 62 positions and either drop or consolidate about 35 academic programs as part of a plan to cut its budget by $11.7 million next …


  • Washington tuition bill closer

    OLYMPIA – Washington students could pay more for a college diploma under a bill approved by the state House on Wednesday. The measure, approved on a 50-47 vote, removes the …


  • Smart Bombs: Sticker Shock 101

    In pushing for large tuition increases over the next two years, Gov. Chris Gregoire invoked many of the arguments made over the years for a high tuition-high aid model for …


  • Gregoire proposes tuition spike

    OLYMPIA – Saying that the state cannot dismantle its colleges and expect to emerge from the recession strong, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday proposed letting the state’s four-year schools hike …


  • Students Question UI Hike Tell Hearing They Want Skinny On Their Fat Matriculation Fee

    University of Idaho students are willing to pay more for better playing fields and computer labs, but when it comes to a mysterious matriculation fee they want a score card …


  • Saving For College Shouldn’t Become Crash Course

    When it comes to paying for college, Leslie McNamara likes to startle parents with an analogy. She tells them to think about what it costs to buy a new car. …

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