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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGLO 1980 NO. 29 >

(1) A community college district board of trustees does not have the statutory authority to charge all students who enroll a common consolidated fee in lieu of all of the special, laboratory, or similar fees that a student might be assessed during the time he or she attends the college.(2) A community college board of trustees does not have authority to assess a parking fee to all enrolled students, whether or not they drive an automobile to the campus and utilize parking facilities.

AGLO 1979 NO. 33 >

The amount of tuition and fees waived by a community college for its students enrolled in high school completion programs as required by chapter 148, Laws of 1979, 1st Ex. Sess., must be included in the 4 percent maximum waiver limitation contained in chapter 262, Laws of 1979, 1st Ex. Sess.

AGLO 1973 NO. 70 >

The board of trustees of a state community college does not have the legal authority under existing law to grant either a partial or total exemption from general tuition fees, operating fees, or services and activity fees to employees of the college who are also attending classes there.

AGLO 1973 NO. 72 >

A community college board of trustees does not have the authority to waive tuition, operating fees, and services and activities fees for students who are enrolled in programs designed to enable them to finish their high school education and obtain a high school diploma or certificate unless those students are "needy" as defined in RCW 28B.15.523.

AGO 1966 NO. 113 >

(1) A school district may not charge either a general tuition fee, or a special tuition fee for certain courses, for attendance at its elementary or secondary schools except as permitted by RCW 28.58.240, in the case of students who are not residents of the district.(2) Any class of school district may provide free textbooks and supplies to its students; a first class school district must do so when directed by the electors under RCW 28.62.180 (10); where a district does not provide free textbooks and supplies, it may require that these materials be purchased by, or for, the students at bookstores or other commercial retail outlets; however, the district cannot require students to purchase textbooks and materials from the district.(3) A school district which loans free textbooks and supplies to its students may charge a reasonable deposit fee to cover possible damage.

AGO 1950 NO. 201 >

Junior Colleges in the state may receive tuition payments from Veterans' Administration at non-resident rate even though resident students are recipients of the schools' services.

AGO 1954 NO. 350 >

Proposed legislation to allow the colleges of education to make a reasonable tuition charge would not contravene Art. XXVI and Art. IX, sec. 2, of Wash. Constitution.