SEATTLE, Wash. - International students in Washington could be required to pay a new tax fee to help pay for higher education.
Leaders in the state Senate are proposing a 20 percent surcharge on international students. They say it would raise as much as $50 million over two years.
University officials warn the new fee is so high it could drive students away and hurt their budgets as well as their diversity.
At Washington's four-year schools, out-of-state and international students pay the same tuition. It is about three times what an in-state student pays and they already help subsidize in-state students.
Some Senate leaders say a kid from Idaho, whose parents pay taxes in the country, should pay less than a student from China.