OLYMPIA, Wash. - University officials say Washington tuition rates are rising at such a rapid pace that the cost of attending a top university could surpass $20,000 per year for in-state students before the end of this decade.
Those numbers, discovered in an analysis for the state's pre-paid tuition program, mean that higher education rates may quadruple by 2019 from where they were in 2004.
Supporters of the university system hope that the state can begin restoring at least some of the cuts to blunt those rising costs.
Students at the University of Washington are preparing to pay $11,782 in this coming academic year, along with some additional fees not included in the prepaid tuition calculations, up about 15% from last year. By the 2019-20 school year, tuition could be up to $20,249 plus the same additional fees.