Despite signs that Washington state's economy is improving, finding money to send children to college is still becoming more difficult.
More students received financial aid last year, but even more families aren't getting the help they need, according to a new report from the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.
State officials and Washington families are expecting this year to be worse, because they see no relief from the steady rise in tuition.
Financial aid for in-state students has gone up 34 percent over the past three years, but the growth in applications for that money has gone up twice as fast, according to the report. The number of students qualified for the state's need-based grants but didn't get the money they needed for the 2010-11 school year was about 25,000, the report said.