While Washington state legislators recently decreased resident undergraduate tuition for the next two years, the UW Board of Regents determined June 9 that graduate, out-of-state, and international student tuition would increase.
Only tier III graduate students, or students seeking master’s and doctorate degrees in the College of Engineering, or master’s and doctoral candidates in the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing, will see a tuition hike. These students will be facing a 3 percent increase, a rise of $842 per year.
International students pay the same tuition as out-of-state students and will continue to do so. Their tuition is set to increase 2 percent for the next academic year. These students will be paying $33,072, about $700 more, and approximately three times more than in-state students will pay next year.
There is, however, one big difference between these two groups when it comes to footing the bill for education: International students don’t qualify for financial aid or most scholarships.
Jason Chen, an international undergraduate student at the UW, said neither of his parents finished high school in China, which is why they wanted him to have the best education possible. However, Chen said it’s becoming increasingly difficult for his parents to handle the expenses from his education.