Washington tuition rates are rising at such a rapid clip that the cost of attending a top public university in the state is projected to surpass $20,000 per year for in-state students before the end of this decade.
Those numbers, produced as part of an actuarial analysis for the state's prepaid-tuition program, mean higher-education rates may quadruple from 2004 to 2019.
Supporters of the university system hope that the state can begin restoring at least some of the recent budget cuts to blunt those rising costs.
"We've reached a tipping point," said Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle. "We cannot allow tuition to substantially increase in the disproportionate fashion that it has."