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Unprecedented tuition cut for Washington college students

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LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- The new state budget means some financial relief for college students across the state.

Lawmakers approved a tuition decrease of 5% for community college students.

Like many college students Austin Abeyta had a burden to pay off.

“I was already $24,000 in debt,” Abeyta said Tuesday.

The price of a degree scared him so he dropped out of a university in Colorado.

He's now attending Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood because it is more affordable than a four-year university.

“As college students, we are scraping by,” Abeyta said.

But starting this fall, more than 380,000 community college students in Washington will get a break.

The 5% tuition decrease for community college students mean a savings of $50 per quarter.

Students say any help is a big relief.

Kevin McKay, vice president of Finance & Operations at Edmonds Community College, called the tuition decrease unprecedented.

“Historical record -- we have never seen the tuition drop before,” McKay said.

It's a bigger decrease when it comes to four-year universities.

Tuition will drop by 15% for the University of Washington and Washington State University.

UW tuition costs about $12,000 a year for residents. This fall, in-state students will save more than $1,800.

WSU students will save about $1,700 a year.

For regional universities, such as Western Washington, Eastern Washington and Evergreen State, it's a 20% cut in tuition for students there.

“It’s great; they are moving in the right direction,” Abeyta said.

Now, a full-time community college student will pay about $3,000 a year. It's still a stretch for Abeyta but he believes his computer science degree will be worth the burden in the long run.

“If I can make it through here, it will be OK in the end,” Abeyta said.

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  • kit

    That is excellent. Now, we just need to make sure Illegal Aliens get an even bigger discount on tuition. They are merely here for a better life, remember?