It’s time for some trivia!
Which state is the only one to be named after an American president?
Which state grows more apples than any other?
In which state was the game Pictionary invented?
Which state is the birth place of Bing Crosby and Jimi Hendrix?
Which state is home to Starbucks Coffee?
In which state does Bill Gates rest his head each night?
In which state can you find the famous Space Needle?
As you may have already guessed, there is but one answer to all of the above questions – Washington! And do you want to know something else rather cool about the most Northwestern state in the Continental USA? As was pointed out in a recent article published by The Seattle Times, “With a 5 to 20% rollback in tuition prices, Washington has become the only state in the country to cut tuition for its colleges and universities this year.” At some of the state’s public colleges and universities, this translates into over $2,000 in savings over two years – a significant chunk of change! In short, and as is pointed out in the article, Washington’s students and other stakeholders have succeeded in convincing legislators that one of the best forms of financial aid is lower tuition. This makes a lot of sense to me!
Some other highlights from the article are:
- Most states have decided to either freeze or increase tuition this year.
- Tuition at four-year Washington state universities increased by 34% in inflation-adjusted dollars over the last five years (much higher than the national average increase of 17%), so this drop in prices is “a great deal for students and middle-class families that put up with 34% tuition growth.”
- In an attempt to encourage lawmakers to keep future costs down, the bill will, starting in 2017, tie tuition to the state’s median family wage.
- Perhaps these moves in Washington will encourage other states to also reevaluate their tuition costs? Let’s hope so!