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CWU student speaks out against higher education cuts in Olympia

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OLYMPIA, Wash- Higher education advocates from across the state descended on Olympia Thursday morning.  They rallied on the steps of the capitol to protest higher education cuts.  Students from Central Washington University as part of the College Promise Coalition showed their opposition  to yet another proposed cut to higher education.  

In the last three years Washington has slashed funding to colleges and universities by 30 percent.  If the legislature passes the cuts currently on the table, that number will jump to 50 percent.

Thursday's speakers said that would result in reduction in faculty and course offerings.  However their biggest concern is tuition increases, which they say, limit access to higher education and increase student loans.

"This leaves college grads with financial pressures and years of debt when they should be finding their place to shine within the economy, society, and the world", says Gabriel Munoz, Associated Student Body President at Central Washington University.

Today's rally was organized by the college promise coalition, a partnership of supporters from Washington's six public universities.  One of their representatives says they are working with legislature to try to dial back those cuts but if they go through, students could see the effects as soon as next school year.