WSR 05-20-006

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON


[ Filed September 23, 2005, 8:54 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 478-160-163 Waivers of tuition and fees.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 28B.15 RCW and RCW 28B.20.130.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To amend the eligibility and limitations for specific University of Washington tuition waivers in order to reflect new definitions established by SHB 1174 (RCW 28B.15.621), effective July 24, 2005. SHB 1174 repealed existing waivers for Southeast Asia veterans, Persian Gulf veterans, and children of POW/MIAs that had been authorized by RCW 28B.10.265, 28B.15.620, and 28B.15.628, and instead authorized a new permissive waiver for veterans who are Washington domiciles and who were called to active federal duty and who served in a conflict or war on foreign soil/international waters, or in support of such a conflict, and for his/her children or spouse if the veteran became totally disabled or lost his/her life while engaged in active federal military or naval service, or if the veteran was determined to be a POW/MIA. SHB 1174 also removed eligibility for members of the Washington National Guard and veterans of the Korean conflict to use the state employee tuition exemption, although those with qualifying service could apply for the amended veteran's waiver. Amended rules would continue these tuition waivers for eligible students.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Written comments or inquiries may be directed to Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff, Director of Rules Coordination by one of the following routes: Mail University of Washington, Rules Coordination Office, Box 355509, Seattle, WA 98195-5509; e-mail rules@u.washington.edu; or fax (206) 221-6917.

September 22, 2005

Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff

Director of Rules Coordination

Washington State Code Reviser's Office