SEATTLE (AP) -- The University of Washington has approved a 20 percent tuition hike for next year -- one of the single biggest percentage cost spikes in the school's history.
The Seattle Times reports that regents for the state's largest university approved the hike on Thursday. Next fall, undergraduate tuition and fees will total $10,574 for an in-state student. Out-of-state tuition will jump 10 percent to $27,230.
The UW went beyond the 16 percent tuition hike lawmakers penciled in during budget negotiations. Lawmakers also passed a new law that allowed the state's colleges to raise their own tuition. Previously, the Legislature had set tuition rates.
Even with this increase, the UW will cost less than Washington State University, which spiked its tuition 16 percent to $10,798.
UW spokesman Bob Roseth says the decision was tough for regents, saying they needed to find a way to stop cuts at the university and maintain access.
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com