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Seattle Post-Intelligencer: UW board approves 7% tuition increase (UW intends to divest Shell shares)

State resident undergraduates to pay nearly $6,000


The University of Washington Board of Regents approved a $2.85 billion operating budget for the 2007 fiscal year Thursday that includes a 7 percent increase in undergraduate tuition.

Washington residents who attend the university this fall will pay $5,988 in undergraduate tuition and fees.

In-state graduate students will also pay more. Their tuition will increase from about 7 percent to 17 percent, depending upon the program.

With the rise in tuition, the regents boosted the amount of financial aid grants and tuition waivers available to students. The budget includes about $70.7 million in financial aid to undergraduates and graduates, an increase of about $5.1 million from last year.

The board also approved changes to its endowment policy that would prohibit the university from directly investing in companies that support the Sudanese government “in its continuing sponsorship of genocidal actions and human rights violations in Darfur.”

About 200,000 people have been killed in fighting there and more than 2 million have been displaced. The conflict, centered in Sudan’s Darfur region, began in 2003 when groups of rebels revolted against the government, which responded with militias.

The university invests in at least one company that does business with the Sudan government — the oil company Royal Dutch Shell. The UW, which has less than a $1 million stake in that company, intends to divest its shares.

In the 1980s, the UW divested its shares in companies that did business in South Africa during apartheid.

P-I reporter Christine Frey can be reached at 206-448-8176 or

 [email protected].

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