The Seattle TimesBy Katherine Long. Senate leaders are proposing a 20 percent surcharge on international college students to subsidize higher education, but universities say the fee could drive students away. Each fall, thousands of students from overseas apply to study at the University of Washington and other state schools. So why not charge them extra, then use that money to help solve higher education’s funding woes? That’s the thinking behind a new Senate bill that could raise as much as $60 million over two years by levying a 20 percent surcharge on international students.
It’s one of a handful of strategies some Senate leaders are proposing to try to increase higher-education funding. But universities say the fee is so high that it will drive international students away from state schools, leading to a loss of revenue — not an increase. Read more...