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Washington state lawmakers are pushing a plan to get high school students who enroll in college courses to pay some tuition.
A proposal suddenly brought up and passed by the Senate on Wednesday allows higher education institutions to charge Running Start students up to 10 percent of tuition. The program is currently free, although students typically pay fees. Low-income students could qualify for a tuition waiver under the bill.
Supporters say the move is a small but necessary piece of balancing the state budget. Democratic Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam says Running Start would still be a great deal for getting college credit.
No senators spoke in opposition of the bill, although seven voted against it.
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