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

One Year After Oregon Passage, Tuition-Free College Model “Pay It Forward” Being Considered in 25 States

Economic Opportunity Institute | July 1, 2014

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the unanimous passage of Economic Opportunity Inst

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

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Why it Matters