Gregoire’s budget cut menu

Today the governor released what is, for all intents and purposes, her supplemental budget for 2012. In the age of all-cuts budget, the following menu shows what she has in mind for higher ed. (see the whole budget proposal at


  • Eliminate State Need Grant financial aid to students – $303 million: Ends the state’s largest financial aid program, which provides grants to 70,000 low-income students.
    • Alternative: Reduce maximum State Need Grant award by $68.4 million or 25 percent: Cuts State Need Grant to all eligible students, resulting in a maximum award amount of $8,159 instead of $10,879.
    • Alternative: Limit State Need Grant eligibility to public institutions-$30.6 million. Makes students attending private colleges and universities ineligible.
    • Alternative: Reduce State Need Grant eligibility to 55 percent $25.5 million of median family income. Reduces eligibility to those students with family incomes at or below 55 percent of the state median family income ($45,000 per year for a family of four).


  • Reduce state support to colleges and universities by 20 percent -$222.0 million: Cuts General Fund-State support to the six public colleges and universities, and 34 community and technical colleges in the second year of the biennium.
    • Alternative: Reduce by 15 percent-$166.0 million
    • Alternative: Reduce by 10 percent-$111.0 million
  • Suspend State Work Study program – $8.0 million: Cuts aid to 7,600 students at public and private colleges and universities beginning fall term 2012.

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, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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