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Sharing A Student Perspective on 0 Percent Tuition Increase

From WSU President Elson S. Floyd’s blog, copied below:

Washington State University’s Board of Regents yesterday voted to rescind a 2 percent tuition increase in the wake of the passage of a new state budget that reinvests in higher education. The regents and I expressed – and continue to express – our gratitude to state legislators for re-investing in higher education. In addition, I was thoroughly impressed with ASWSU President Taylor Hennessey’s remarks at the Regents’ meeting and am sharing them here in their entirety:

Regents,

On Friday, June 28, the Washington House and Senate passed their biannual budget for the 2013-2015 fiscal years. For the first time in 27 years, the students of the state will not see the cost of their education rise. We owe this in part to a number of groups, including the legislators who realized the importance of higher education, passionate alumni who called and emailed their local senators and representatives, and students who were better organized than ever and who stood in solidarity to demand funding to support their world class education.

The budget turned out to be very favorable across the board including at our WSU Spokane campus, where $2 million has been earmarked to purchase scientific equipment for the new biomedical and health sciences building. When I reached out to ASWSUS President Scott Hippe, he echoed my remarks by saying, “It is great to see strong support up and down the state legislature… The financial support will help the Spokane Campus and WSU to become a leader in interdisciplinary health education.”

I would also like to thank you, the Regents and President Floyd, for your sound guidance throughout the tough fiscal years and the storm that has been this legislative session. In the past, Washington State University has made continual steps to serve the people of this state, and your actions today continue that legacy. I could not be more proud to call myself a Coug.

While students can tally a “Win” for the record, we still have a long way to go. I recently read an article from a columnist in the Seattle Times who went to college at the University of Washington in the early ‘80s. He reminds everyone that he could work a minimum wage job during the summer at 40 hours a week and pay for the year’s tuition. I wholeheartedly believe that this is the direction that we need to fight for, for education is the great equalizer and participating in higher education should be a personal choice more than a mere financial one. This needs to be a call to action to maintain or increase the momentum that has surfaced these past six months in order to insure that higher education continues to be a priority in our state. Thank you again for your continued support, and I look forward to working with you to make our vision a reality.

Taylor Hennessey ASWSU President

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