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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 7:49 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s free tuition plans get hearing

Legislature considers Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposals to offer free tuition to low-income students.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

Here’s how GET and DreamAhead – Washington’s two college savings plans – stand after $1 billion shift

New DreamAhead college savings program offers new option for families saving for college.


Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans

As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We’ll pay your tuition if you offer us a percentage of your …


As state cuts back, Colorado college student costs soar

In 2000, Colorado taxpayers footed 68 percent of the costs of a college degree, with students chipping in about one-third.


State’s prepaid college tuition plan re-opens to investors

Washington state’s current prepaid college tuition plan has re-opened to new and current investors after being frozen for more than two years.


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 5:32 p.m.

NY makes tuition free, but students must stay after college

There’s a big string attached to New York’s free middle-class college tuition initiative: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit.


NY governor’s free college tuition plan prompts wider debate

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to give middle-class students free tuition at state colleges has touched off a broader debate about the cost of an education …


Olympia to consider local income tax to send kids to college

The Olympia City Council is drafting an ordinance that would tax all city households to create a fund to send kids to college. The proposal would go before voters in …


Editorial: Focused scholarships a smart investment

The genius of the program is that it not only targets careers in need of more workers, it targets people who might not have been able to afford college.


Initiative would raise cigarette tax to aid Idaho colleges

BOISE - A group launched by former college friends is pitching a 2016 ballot initiative to raise Idaho’s cigarette tax by $1.50 a pack, and use the money to lower …


Washington state suspends popular GET college savings program

OLYMPIA – The state will suspend sales of prepaid college tuition units – called the GET program – for as long as two years while the group overseeing them wrestles …


Washington Legislature wraps up session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s final day of the 2015 session went smoothly, in contrast to many of the 175 days that preceded it. The House moved swiftly to pass three …


Under state budget deal, college tuition will fall, but leaders haven’t said by how much

OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …


Progress reported on state budget process

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders seemed to concur Friday that they are closing in on an agreement on the 2015-17 state budget, something that has eluded them …


Washington Senate GOP unveils rival budget

OLYMPIA – Senate Republicans released a two-year no-new-taxes state budget Tuesday that is much different than the House Democrats’ spending plan for the next two years, putting both proposals on …


Q&A: Spokane Valley state House candidates Christian, Wilhite, McCaslin

4th District House questions All three candidates for 4th Legislative District Representative, position 1 were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers.


Washington State University expects no tuition increase in 2014

PULLMAN – Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd likely will recommend no tuition increase again for fall 2014, he told the board of regents on Friday, marking the second …


Tuition rising next fall at Idaho universities

BOISE – The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to hike the price of attending Idaho’s public universities, sustaining a trend of annual tuition increases yet still keeping tuition costs …


Universities not happy with Gregoire’s tuition plan

SEATTLE – Gov. Chris Gregoire’s goal of not raising college tuition over the next two years is not sitting well with the leaders of Washington’s universities, who say the proposal …


Shawn Vestal: Floyd’s tuition plan for WSU overdue, masterful

At least one leader at Washington State University is kicking butt this year. President Elson Floyd has proposed holding the line on tuition increases. He has asked WSU’s Board of …


Idaho colleges raise costs again, but less sharply

Students at Idaho’s state colleges and universities will pay more next year, but the tuition and fee increases approved Wednesday by the state Board of Education are considerably lower than …


College’s rising cost steering students to private, smaller institutions

Demetrius Dennis shopped carefully to find the best college education for the lowest price. “I reviewed the departments, programs offered and cost of tuition,” said Dennis, 34. “Financing contributed at …


UI ending subsidies on tuitions

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho officials say they are ending a nearly free tuition program for employees and spouses of other state schools due to a sharp reduction in …


UW considers 20 percent tuition increase this fall

The University of Washington plans to vote on a proposal to raise tuition 20 percent this fall, while also considering a plan to use much of that increase to pay …


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 …


State struggling to keep up with education fund

Washington state has to change its popular prepaid college tuition program or risk financial problems down the road, a legislative panel learned Wednesday. The Guaranteed Education Tuition Program could face …


State cuts shifting NIC funding burden to taxpayers, students

BOISE – Falling state funding for higher education could lead to higher property taxes in North Idaho, state lawmakers were warned Wednesday as they heard North Idaho College’s budget request …


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 …


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 …


Everyday Economy: Mechanics see uptick

Car sales may be down, but car repairs have been a growth industry in the past year. Drivers are sticking with their cars longer – putting off trade-ins and trying …