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Wednesday May 9, 2001 = News Locke tuition proposal sticks students with the bill Chad Lower Jibsheet reporter Eight years ago the governor promised to work to lower tuition. Yet, his latest proposal allows for a 6.67 percent annual increase over the next tw O years. The bill also allows for unlimited tuition increases for non-resident, graduate and professional school. The original draft of the bill allowed for a 10 percent increase per year with a six-year cap of 40 percent. The revised bill lowers annual increase to 6.67 percent over the next two years, but students still aren&apos;t happy. The Washington student lobby wants the tuition increases tied to an economic factor like per-capita income. The per-capita is expected to increase 4.9 percent this year and 3.9 the following year. There is currently a second bill that would tie tuition increases to the per capita income but adds a two percent additional charge. While legislators understand the students' plea, illustrated by student protesters at the capital with Top Ramen, the senate feels handcuffed by initiatives moving funding to K-12 education. Rising energy and health care costs help to make the decisions of where to put the burden even more difficult. In a recent visit by the Council of Presidents, college presidents from the six state-funded universities met with legislators in February to discuss the issue of tuition increases and to ask for a 10 percent faculty pay increase over the next two years and $16.2 million to recruit and retain faculty. The 2001 spring quarter tuition at the University of Washington was $1,253. With the projected 6.67 percent increase over the next two years, spring quarter 2004 could cost $1425.73 plus fees. For the average college student struggling to pay the bills, an extra six hundred dollars a year in tuition could be devastating. Current bills place no limit on tuition hikes for students seeking Professional and Graduate degrees. These students who are often vital to a University's survival make up the smallest amount of a Universities population, but already pay tuition ranging from $1,915 to $3,177 per quarter. The debate over tuition continues in Olympia. If you plan on transferring to a public university in Washington, this affects you. If you want further information on how to help in the protests contact the Washington Student Lobby, or your local representative. < A De00ee From (425) 640-1574 S|EP I; (;e your transferable AA de,Ir at your Ic,ai community college sq'EP 2: Traner lo one ffCentra! Washington Univeily's Ccnte (d Lynnvd, 5atac, Steihico,m STFP.*. Receive your Baddor's Degr' CWU- L YNNWOOD B,S, Accounting B.S. Busins Administration B.A, La" and Justice Certificate Supply Chain Mznaemen PersonaIComputer Applications Minor P,ychiogy Minor .'q;ster of Pro[essioaaI Aceom;mcy ;lzster of Siece in ()rani/ation Development Get a jumpstart on your education Summer Regl3tration Beghss May L 200i FREE PREGNANCY TESTS Now at all Planned Parenthood health centers If you've missed a peri or think you''e pregnant, don'! wait. Find out. Our medical stair can help. * Totally confidential * Just walk in * Have y(u esui|s in minutes took in white pages or check out our website for center near you. Planned Parenthood ' 1-800-230-PLAN JUSt a reminder bsheet. RECYCLE!