Higher Education

As centers of education, research, and innovation, public colleges and universities spur economic development throughout the state. They help train and educate our ever-growing workforce, ensuring our state remains competitive in the global economy, and access to higher education is a key contributor to family economic security and upward mobility.


Research and Publications

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Game of Loans

Fact Sheet | October 8, 2014

Today, 7 in 10 students are graduating with an average $29,400 in debt, making them less l

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Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

Fact Sheet | April 3, 2014

Since December 2012, when Oregon legislators introduced the nation’s first Pay It Forward

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Latest Blog Posts

Source:  Higher Education Finance Commission
Who should pay for higher education in Massachusetts?

Economic Opportunity Institute | July 13, 2015

In 2013, UMass agreed with the Massachusetts state legislature to freeze tuition so long a

Source: WA LEAP and State of Working Washington
WA Budget Roundup: Higher education gets a much-needed boost with tuition cuts

Kelli Smith | July 10, 2015

Let’s start with the good news The Washington State Legislature just passed a historic bud

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Why it Matters