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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SHB 2720 Pay It Forward: Restoring college access

Fact Sheet | February 6, 2014

Long-term declines in state higher education funding and recent severe budget cuts are pus

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Pay It Forward: Debt-Free Access to Higher Education

Issue Brief | October 17, 2013

Students are losing their shot at the American Dream Long-term declines in state higher ed

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Latest Blog Posts

The Problem with Parent PLUS Loans

Kelli Smith | April 3, 2014

It’s no secret that funding trends in higher education in our state and across the nation

We simply need to lower tuition

John Burbank | March 12, 2014

There is a new study out that shows that low income students who get free tuition are more

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Why it Matters