Employers Funding Free College in Washington State?

Employers are going to fund free college in Washington state.

Reported by Education Dive, the Workforce Education Investment Act will provide free tuition at public institutions for students from families making $50,000 or less a year, as well as invest in computer science and health care programming and student service resources at those same public institutions.

The funding for this program will uniquely come from new taxes on companies with “highly skilled workers”, including Amazon and Microsoft – the very companies designed to benefit the most from this educational investment.

The takeaway? Yet another state has devised their own creative plan to offer free tuition to their low-income citizens. Will this increase pressure for democratic presidential candidates to offer a similar federal solution, or negate the need for it altogether?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.