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State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senators Jacobsen, Kohl‑Welles, Carlson and Rasmussen


Read first time 04/03/2001.  Referred to Committee on Higher Education.

Establishing a blue ribbon task force to study opportunities to expand public and private scholarship and financial aid support for students in higher education in Washington state.

    WHEREAS, Opportunities for students to attend institutions of higher education are important to the future of the State of Washington; and

    WHEREAS, For many students, the opportunity to attend colleges and universities depends upon tuition levels, financial aid, and scholarships; and

    WHEREAS, Both the public and private sectors of the state of Washington, together with the community, should strengthen their opportunity to support, jointly and individually, higher education in Washington state;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the Senate of the State of Washington, the House of Representatives concurring, That a blue ribbon task force be established on expanding scholarship and financial aid for higher education students in Washington State; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the task force shall study tuition, the availability of federal and state financial aid, scholarships, and the effects of tax deductions for tuition and student loans; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the task force shall consist of two members each from the minority and majority caucuses of the Senate and the minority and majority caucuses of the House of Representatives; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the legislature requests that the following entities nominate members to serve on the task force as follows:  One member each from the board of regents of the University of Washington and of Washington State University, one member from each board of trustees from the regional institutions of higher education and The Evergreen State College, three members representing the community and technical colleges of Washington State, three members representing the private institutions of higher education in Washington State, three students selected by the Washington Student Lobby, one representative of the higher education coordinating board, one representative of the state board for community and technical colleges, and four members of the community nominated by the legislative members of the task force; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the task force shall report its findings and recommendations to the legislature no later than December 15, 2001.


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