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Seattle: College-Tuition Burden Shifts to Low-Income Families

At Seattle Pacific University officials acknowledge that net costs have gone up faster for low-income families — from about $13,000 in 2008-09 to $20,400 in 2011-12 for the lowest-income families. Students whose families earned more than $110,000 saw their tuition jump far less, by about $1,000, during the same time period. Those students paid about $30,500 in 2011-12.