A bill prohibiting differential tuition was passed out of the state House on Friday.
House Bill 1043, which eliminates 2011 legislation allowing state universities to charge different tuition rates for different majors, passed by a 95-1 vote.
Letting colleges charge more for high demand majors like computer science and engineering threatened to throw a wrench into the effectiveness of the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program, which sells units based on the highest undergraduate, in-state tuition among public colleges.
“What we have in our GET program right now is about two and a half billion dollars collected by the parents and grandparents who already figured out way while they were going to work to put a few dollars away to get that kid or grand kid to school,” said Rep. Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor), the bill’s sponsor. “What we are trying to today is make sure that GET program stays alive and it’s affordable.”
The House also passed SB5147, which cleared the Senate last week. The legislation gives licensed youth shelters that take in runaway youth more time before the runaway’s parents have to be contacted.
The measure passed by a vote of 89-7.