UW raises in-state undergraduate tuition 16% -- to $12,401 a year

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The University of Washington Board of Regents on Thursday approved a 16 percent increase in undergraduate tuition for in-state students, meaning UW fees and tuition will cost $12,401 a year – a hike of $1,564.

The 16 percent tuition increase was included in the university’s operating budget for fiscal 2013, which the board formally adopted Thursday.

In a statement, the UW said it will set aside 30 percent of the increase for financial aid to ensure that the 8,500 low-income resident undergraduates will continue to pay no tuition and fees next year, preserving the Husky Promise program. In addition, 2,000 middle-income students will see increases in their grant awards to help mitigate the impacts of the tuition increase.

It said a total of $10 million will be directed to support undergraduate education through increased tutoring, expanded student support services, the hiring of more teaching assistants  and increasing access to “gateway” courses in biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics and English, to ensure that students can graduate on time.

The UW also will spend an additional $3.8 million to expand enrollment in computer science and engineering.

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