Known as the “Washington State Dream Act,” House Bill 1817 provides eligibility for the State Needs Grant for individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival.
The bill would allow access to financial aid for state college students who were illegally brought to the United States as children.
House Bill 1817 passed the House during the 2013 session by a vote of 77 to 20, but did not see action in the Senate. It passed the House on Jan. 13 by a vote of 71 to 23.
Reps. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, Dean Takko, D-Longview, Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim, and Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, all voted for the bill.
House Bill 1043 removes the authority of the state four-year colleges and Community and Technical colleges to set different tuition rates for selected resident undergraduate programs.
Under their current tuition-setting authority, some state institutions charge higher tuition for high-demand programs such has Sciene, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Proponents of the bill say that charging more tuition for such programs reduces the likelihood of students choosing these programs.
The House passed this bill during the 2013 session by a vote of 95-1, but it did not see action in the Senate. It passed the House on Jan. 17 by a vote of 90-2.
Blake, Takko, Tharinger and Van De Wege all voted for the bill.