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Budget cuts not affecting CWU enrollment

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- Central Washington University is celebrating 120 years this coming fall. A lot has changed since the 1890's and federal cuts to funding continue to be an issue.

Surprisingly though, those cuts have not affected students at Central as much as people may think.

Since the cuts took effect in 2009 student versus federal contribution to overall funding of the University has gone from 35% to 65%, putting a much bigger burden on students.

However, increases in financial aid, to the tune of over $100 million, have helped offset that burden.

Even though tuition is up about 14% for the coming school year, the enrollment numbers are exactly where the school wants them to be.

"We are right on target for our enrollment this year, 9800," said Linda Schactler, director of public affairs for Central. "Our freshman class is down a little bit but our transfer students, students who get a 2 year degree at a community college, that's up."

Schactler says that the struggling economy and bad job market is also helping their numbers but they hope as the economy improves they will continue to see students coming in.