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CWU students protest against education cuts

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. --  Members of the Washington Student Association at Central Washington University were out gathering petition signatures Tuesday, in response to higher education cuts.

They're protesting the state cutting $25 million from the State Need Grants, which helps financial aid students.

Students we talked to say they're concerned about not being able to pay for tuition. A student herself, Rebekah Schoonover, who represents the WSA, says she relies on financial aid and is worried she won't be able to continue her college education if tuition continues to increase.

"In the next 5 to 10 years a lot of the baby boomers will be retiring. And at this rate, we won't have enough people to fill the positions that will be opening up because we won't have enough educated people," Schoonover said.

Although the cold weather kept most students indoors and from participating from the statewide walkout, many students did stop to sign the petition.

The WSA students will continue to collect more signatures throughout the week, and eventually take their petition to the State Legislature in Olympia.