Office of Government Relations

Student Perspective

The student perspective is vital to any change in the higher education system. Below you’ll find input on issues that directly impact students.

Why Students Oppose Differential Tuition:

Michael Kutz, Computer Science & Economics, “I believe most people come to the UW without great certainty in their major. We all explore a little bit. So why would we let differential tuition limit students’ ability to explore? Why would we let differential tuition price out the middle class? And why would we let differential tuition take way our freedom to choose?”

Sean Wilson, Chemical Engineer, “My family and I have been fortunate enough to pay for college without the need of financial aid or loans. But with two children in STEM at UW, differential tuition is threatening even our family. The college savings and GET credits my parents/I invested in may not retain their initial value. When a policy – such as differential tuition – threatens students whose family’s income are generally considered upper-middle class, the ramifications for the rest of the UW community are guaranteed to be severe.”

Tiffany Do, Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Biology, “I oppose differential tuition because it puts an undue financial burden on students that wish to major in high demand degrees. We should make these degrees easier to obtain not harder.”

Ryan Lucas, Finance, “I’m a business student and a GET student and I don’t qualify for many grants or scholarships. With differential tuition affecting business school tuition as well, I probably wouldn’t be able to afford to go to school here anymore if it were to happen.”

Tariq Yusuf, Computer Science, “”Coming from a low-income background, I never dreamed I would have the chance to attend a four-year university.  If differential tuition is implemented, thousands of other students like myself will find themselves unable to afford the cost of the fields they wish to pursue.”


Why Students Support GET:

Brady Begin, GET Student, “We cannot know the future but we have the opportunity to plan for it [with GET].”

George Rowe, GET Student, “My parents’ incomes declined significantly during the recession, to the point where they would have been unable to afford my college tuition. The GET credits they had purchased made it possible for me to attend the University of Washington. Because of the GET program I am now about to graduate debt-free.”

Lummy Lin, GET Student, “As I take my first steps in the professional world, this means that I have the freedom to pursue the career I want in public service without having to choose a job based on my ability to pay back loans. Because of the GET program, my parents have the peace of mind of knowing that their two daughters are guaranteed a college education…”

Evelina Vaisvilaite, GET Student, “I may have gone into my college years uncertain of a major or career path; but with the GET program at least I could go through my high school years certain that I would have the experience of a higher education.