Higher education budgets are getting their first increase from the Washington general fund since 2009, and with that boost comes a mandated one-year tuition freeze that provides a welcome break for those paying for college.
School officials say the moves came just in time. Tuition rates have nearly doubled over the past four years to help make up for a series of state budget cuts. Further increases, administrators feared, would prevent some students from enrolling.
"I don't know that I can say unequivocally that we've crossed a tipping point. But I know that whatever that line is, we're much closer than we'd like to be," said Chris Mullick, director of state relations at Washington State University.