For the first time since 1989, tuition at Washington’s two-year colleges will remain flat, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced Friday.
The freeze applies to both resident and nonresident students, the board’s announcement said. Tuition will remain $4,000 per year for resident students and $9,235 for nonresident students in the 2013-2014 academic year.
“This is an historic event and a great day for our students,” State Board chairwoman Beth Willis said in a news release. “We appreciate the Legislature’s decision to provide enough state funding for community and technical colleges to freeze tuition. The state’s investment will pay off many times over in a skilled, educated workforce that uplifts the economy for all Washingtonians in every corner of the state.”
Approved by the state Legislature in June, the 2013-2015 operating budget spared higher education from budget cuts, made additional investments, and directed colleges and universities to not increase tuition for state residents. However, the Legislature kept the door open for an increase in tuition for out-of-state students.
The State Board voted to keep nonresident tuition flat as well, since out-of-state students have traditionally paid the same dollar amount in tuition increases as in-state students.