Washington Legislature cuts state tuition by 15-20 percent

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Posted: Jun 30, 2015 4:21 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A decision this week to cut tuition for Washington state's public universities by 15 to 20 percent over the next two years is a rare move that national experts believe could influence other states as they come out from under the recession.

Although many states have frozen college tuition in the years since they approved big increases during the recession, only Minnesota also has passed a tuition cut. But the Minnesota decision was only a 1 percent cut for fall 2016 that will solely affect community college students.

Thomas Harnisch of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities says he's never seen anything like the Washington tuition plan in the eight years he has been tracking college tuition nationally.

Tuition freezes are much more common.