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Tuition Freeze In Place At Washington State Schools

SEATTLE (AP) - Higher education budgets are getting their first increase from the Washington state general fund since 2009. With that boost comes a mandated 1-year tuition freeze that is a welcome break for those paying for college.

School officials say the moves came just in time. Tuition rates have nearly doubled over the past four years to help make up for a series of state budget cuts. Further increases, administrators feared, would prevent some students from enrolling.

The state budget for the next two years provides a 14% increase for state colleges and universities, including Washington's 34 community and technical colleges.

Lawmakers had cut the higher education budget by $1 billion between 2009 and 2013. The next 2-year cycle will provide $2.4 billion for colleges and universities from the state general fund, up from the previous $2.1 billion allocation.

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SEATTLE (AP) - In-state undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees at Washington's colleges and universities for the 2013-14 academic year. Some fee levels have not been set, so actual charges may be slightly higher this fall.

University of Washington: $12,397

Washington State University: $11,396

Western Washington University: $8,863

The Evergreen State College: $8,521

Eastern Washington University: $8,451

Central Washington University: $8,223

State community and technical colleges: $4,000

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