State uses tuition to cover $25 M Need Grant cut

The state House and Senate tonight announced budget negotiators have reached agreement on a plan to address a budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. As expected, only one program, K-4 class size, takes a takes a deeper cut than the $25 million reduction for the State Need Grant. The state takes the tuition students pay for their own education and uses it to backfill the State Need Grant.

More details will be available on the budget agreement later, but for now here are links to the news release and to a comparison of the final budget to the proposals by the House, Senate, and governor.

Press release: Link

Summary detail: Click to view a four-way comparison between the Governor’s proposal, the House and Senate proposals, and the final agreement.

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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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