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Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

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Economic Opportunity Institute | April 15, 2016

[via The Olympian] A petition is circulating for a new ordinance that would tax Olympia’s wealthiest households to generate college tuition money for all local high school graduates. Backed by a volunteer group called Opportunity for Olympia, the proposal calls for creating a 1.5 percent tax on household inco

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

Education Higher Education Tax Reform Tax and Budget

| April 15, 2016 | The Olympian

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

Education Higher Education

Report | Kelli Smith | January 27, 2016

Higher education is an avenue for individual achievement, an engine of economic growth, and a cornerstone of American democracy. In the not-too-distant past, state investment in public higher education ensured tuition was reasonably affordable (and college therefore accessible) to broad swaths of students fro

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

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Report | Kelli Smith | January 27, 2016

These technical notes accompany Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward, and cover the following topics: Financial modeling and the Pay It Forward Interactive Calculator; Contribution rates and lengths for research universities, regional universities, and community/technical colleges; and A comparison of Pay It

A path forward on full funding for Washington’s schools

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John Burbank | September 28, 2015

Good public schools won’t solve all the problems we face — but public education is a crucial cornerstone for creating hope and opportunity for students, and for building stronger communities and a more prosperous, equitable economy. Ensuring every child has equal access to this ladder of opportunity, from pre

The cost of higher education in WA hasn’t increased much, but the price has gone up — here’s why

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Aaron Keating | September 3, 2015

Adjusted for inflation, the total cost of higher education hasn’t changed much since the mid-1990’s. But the state’s share of that cost has dropped like a stone. Tuition and fees have increased to make up for state funding cuts — putting college out of reach for thousands of Washington’s high school graduate

How Washington is pricing thousands of high school graduates out of college

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Aaron Keating | September 2, 2015

Affordable higher education was once a hallmark of living Washington state — but no more. Sure, tuition will drop a bit in 2015-16, but so will funding for state financial aid. And even adjusted for inflation, the cost of tuition and fees has skyrocketed. The Economic Opportunity Institute’s analysis of data

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

Higher Education

| August 26, 2015

During the 1989-90 academic year, yearly full-time tuition and fees totaled $1,571 at Washington’s community colleges, and $3,492 at the University of Washington (in 2015 dollars). Since then, while the average per-student cost of college has remained relatively stable, tuition and fees have skyrocketed to $3

Who should pay for higher education in Massachusetts?

Education Higher Education

Economic Opportunity Institute | July 13, 2015

In 2013, UMass agreed with the Massachusetts state legislature to freeze tuition so long as the state provided adequate higher education funding. Just two years later, the state hasn’t held up its end of the deal and UMass has had to increase tuition. In fact, tuition at UMass has increased $3,313 since the s

WA Budget Roundup: Higher education gets a much-needed boost with tuition cuts

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Kelli Smith | July 10, 2015

Let’s start with the good news The Washington State Legislature just passed a historic budget that’s already making national headlines for cutting tuition at all of our state’s public institutions for the first time in decades. Late Tuesday night, the Governor signed a compromise budget proposal which include

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