Higher-ed funding idea: Charge international students more

But Schrepfer also said UW international students come from families with a wide range of income levels, and many are under pressure to spend money wisely while they are here. Most of the students are from China, South Korea, Vietnam and other Pacific Rim nations.

“They already pay significantly more than state residents and they’re very, very aware of it,” Schrepfer said.

A $6,000 boost in tuition might not seem like a big difference to some students, but “at the same time, it’s not a very friendly or welcoming position for our state to be in,” she said.

Reacting to the Senate budget Thursday, university officials raised other issues about the Senate’s plans for higher-education funding.

Among their concerns: a cut applied to each school’s budget for “administrative efficiencies.”

Arkans, at the UW, said several years of budget cuts have already required the school to be much more efficient, and he didn’t know if the UW could find any more cuts.

And Shepard, at WWU, said the efficiency cut “ is magical thinking or, more accurately, an attempt to disguise what is, plain and simple, another damaging budget cut.”

Tom said the Senate budget gives the schools an 11 percent increase, and “the rest of state government would love to have those kinds of numbers.”

But both the UW and WWU say the Senate budget does nothing to significantly increase money for higher education.

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