Financial independence and security increasingly requires a college degree. For decades though, our Washington State lawmakers have divested hundreds of millions of dollars from higher education funding towards our community college, university, and pre-apprenticeship programs.
The result is clear: potential students, young people, and people from marginalized communities are either priced out of college and locked out of prosperity or saddled with debt.
Tuition-Free College for Every Resident.
All residents should have access to at least 90 credits to attend community college or the equivalent amount to attend university or pre-apprenticeship programs.
Readiness, Retention, and Graduation.
Colleges should provide the resources to help all students navigate financial aid, campus life, and non-traditional pathways to make sure people have the support necessary to complete their education.
Fair and Equitable Funding Sources.
The wealthiest among us should pay their fair share to make higher education accessible to all.