2-Year WA Tuition May Be Scaring Students Away

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Community college tuition has gone up so much during the economic downturn that students at Washington's two-year colleges are now paying what a University of Washington student paid just over a decade ago.

College officials say $4,000 to $5,000 a year in full-time tuition, depending on credit hours and majors, is still a bargain compared to what it costs to go to UW today but the state's 34 community and technical colleges do have about 6 percent fewer students this fall.

Marty Brown, the executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, believes that drop in student enrollment is due to a number of factors including tuition and the fact that some people are going back to work.

Kevin Moh, who is in his final quarter at Seattle Central Community College, has seen his quarterly tuition and fees go from about $1,100 a quarter two and a half years ago to about $1,500 a quarter this year.a

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