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WA bill would charge perpetual students more

By Associated Press
Mar 17, 2011

College students who stay in school even though they have enough credits to graduate would pay more for tuition under a bill being considered by the Washington Legislature.

Senate Bill 5868 would require students with a bachelor's degree who attend a community or technical college to pay the entire cost of instruction, including the amount the state pays.

Undergraduate students who earn more than 125 percent of the number of credits they need for a bachelor's degree at a state university or four-year college also would pay the higher tuition.

Students in job-training programs and those completing their teacher certification wouldn't have to pay extra. And others could petition to avoid paying the higher tuition.

Credits earned through high school Advanced Placement programs also wouldn't count toward the credit cap.

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