RICHLAND, Wash-- A relaxing game of frisbee on the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus-- time students use to forget about classes, homework, and money. But an uneasy budget makes it almost impossible to forget about the benjamins.
"Approximately $3300 [is how much I pay]," says student Daniel Arnold. "It's a little over that."
And that could soon change. The university is preparing to lose over $40 million thanks to a $9 billion dollar state budget deficit. The school is considering a 7% hike in tuition, which would cost each in-state student at WSU Tri-Cities an extra $500 a year. It's simple math: less state money, more student money. But it's not an easy swallow.
"To me it would be worth it to pay some extra money for my classes to be able to have them here as opposed to moving to Pullman or transfer to another school," says Arnold.
Daniel Arnold is a mechanical engineer major. He says the program is the right fit for him.
"I've enjoyed it here, I've enjoyed the small size of the program, it's a close knit feel," he says.
Again, that could soon change. The university is also considering cutting teachers and increasing class size. It's not an easy fix, but most say they're willing to take the hit.