Gov. signing bill to raise college tuition in WA

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has scheduled a bill signing ceremony Monday in Seattle to take action on the bill allowing Washington colleges and universities to raise tuition.

Tuition had been set by the Legislature. The transfer of authority to schools is meant to offset state budget cuts for higher education. Washington State University, for one, is poised to hike tuition 16 percent for the 2011-12 academic year.

Gregoire also is acting on bills to abolish the Higher Education Coordinating Board and to provide financial aid to students in high-demand fields of study.

Officials from Boeing and Microsoft are attending the bill-signing ceremony at Cleveland High School to speak about the importance of education.