Student financial aid programs were created to help needy students pay a share of the total cost of public higher education. Washington is known as a “high aid” state, and the state’s elected officials have continually increased financial aid funding to help lower-income students attend college.
However, in recent years, tuition increases and the growing numbers of students who meet financial eligibility requirements have left thousands of eligible students without financial aid to pursue their educational goals. This makes it harder to achieve the broad goal of increasing educational attainment among all Washington residents.
Council members Marty Brown and Karen Lee discussing
affordability issues during the July 17 meeting.
The Roadmap will examine these aspects of affordability: