UW considers 20 percent tuition increase

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The University of Washington is considering raising tuition 20 percent this fall. The university's Board of Regents also is talking about a proposal to use much of the increase to pay for more scholarships.

The Seattle Times reports the final decision on tuition won't be made until the regents meet again later this month.

If the proposed increase is approved, in-state undergraduate tuition will increase from $8,700 to $10,574 this fall. That's a little more than 20 percent, because it also includes a hike in mandatory student fees. UW tuition and fees would still be lower than the total bill at Washington State University, which recently decided on a 16 percent increase.

University officials say UW still has lower tuition than the average charged by comparable schools in other states.