OLYMPIA – Students attending branch campuses of public colleges in Washington could see a reduction in fees under legislation introduced by Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett). 

Senate Bill 5329 would ensure that fees for students attending branch campuses may only be charged if the fee is specific to the student or the campus where the student is enrolled, or if a comparable level of service is reasonably available to the student.  

“This idea was brought to me by a student attending a branch college campus near our district and I was eager to get working on a solution,” said Liias. “It makes sense that students who don’t use the services of a main campus should not have to pay for them. Anything we can do to make higher education more accessible to our neighbors is a win in my book, and this is step in that direction.” 

The bill was heard in the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee Wednesday morning and awaits further action in committee. Archived video of the hearing is available on TVW.org here.