March 30th, 2019 3-5pm at Fish Tale Brew Pub, Olympia
515 Jefferson St SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Join Graduate Washington for an afternoon of networking with board members, student leaders, and other higher education champions working to increase financial aid, reduce student debt, and keep college affordable!
The networking event is free and does not require tickets. We will be in the 2nd floor loft space.
2019 Legislative Agenda
Graduate Washington is a nonpartisan political action committee dedicated to expanding access to higher education for all students in Washington. We are an all-volunteer organization consisting of recent graduates, young professionals, and higher education advocates that are committed to electing quality legislative candidates and supporting meaningful legislation.
Policy Priorities for Graduate Washington
Invest in Higher Education
Graduate Washington supports the holistic funding of education in the state budget, with both basic and higher education funded separately and completely. We believe a well-funded system of higher education is essential to the intellectual vitality and economic prosperity in our state.
- Investing in Access – Fully fund the State Need Grant to meet the need of over 20,000 eligible students who are currently unfunded.
- SB 5393 (Palumbo) / HB 1340 (Hansen) – Establishes a statewide free college program by changing the State Need Grant to the Washington College Promise Scholarship.
Increase Higher Education Access and Reduce Student Debt
Graduate Washington supports policies that ensure higher education is open and accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their socioeconomic background. We support financial aid, financial literacy, college savings, debt transparency, and related programs ensuring responsible use of student and state funds.
- HB 1311 (Bergquist) – Improves access to Washington’s College Bound scholarship for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
- SB 5341 (Randall) – Removes restrictions on subsidized child care at public institutions, thereby improves access and completion for students.
- SB 5069 (Zeiger) / HB 1424 (Steele) – School districts must provide high school students with the opportunity to access at least one career and technical education course that is part of the state equivalency framework.
Shared Governance and Diverse Campuses Give All Students a Voice
Graduate Washington supports accountability mechanisms to guarantee the that student perspectives are heard in campus governance and to ensure the responsible use of funds . We support strong student representation in all levels of higher education governance, including, boards of regents and trustees, and consistent efforts to support diverse campus and foster cross-cultural learning environments.