The House budget bill passed on a 53-43 vote on Saturday would cut higher education operating funds by $472 million in the 2011-13 biennium, but would authorize public colleges and universities to offset $379 million of that amount through tuition increases.
ESHB 1087 now goes to the Senate, where a new budget proposal is expected to be released as early as tomorrow.
The House version passed Saturday also would suspend some student financial aid programs, including the State Work Study program. However, it would add money to the State Need Grant (SNG) program to offset the impact of tuition increases on SNG recipients. The HECB has created a web page comparing budget proposals and how they would affect student financial aid programs.
The Olympian today published a deeper look at higher education funding issues during the current legislative session.