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Washington State Tuition Rates Potential Increases

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Thousands of students bound for Washington State colleges and universities this fall will have to wait a little bit longer to find out what they'll pay in tuition.

And it's all because of a hang-up in Olympia - the state lawmakers haven't even agreed on the state's budget yet.

When it comes to tuition, some lawmakers are pushing for an increase, but some are also proposing cuts or no changes at all. A decision regarding tuition won't be made until the legislature can finish the budget.

As it stands right now, if you go to the University of Washington or Washington State University, tuition and mandatory fees already add up to nearly $13,000 a year.

If a proposal to raise tuition goes through, you're looking at least 400 dollars more mandated by the state.

But if colleges and universities can't create their own individual budgets until the state finishes their budget, there could be also be additional fees or hikes from the university itself.

Lawmakers will be back in Olympia on May 13th to finish up the budget.