Kirkland, WA – The United State Department of Education released its national list of Public 4-year or above colleges with the lowest net price Monday, July 7. Lake Washington Institute of Technology ranked 36. Only one other Washington state school, Seattle Community College’s Central Campus – ranked higher at 17.
The average annual tuition at LWTech is $5,260. The national average is $11,582. University of Washington’s 2012-13 tuition was $12,383, up 42% from the previous year.
The U.S. Department of Education calculated the ranking by measuring the cost of attendance minus grants and scholarships. Students shoulder more of the cost of college as higher education cuts increase.
The ranking is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Affordability and Transparency index which calls attention to colleges that do the best and worst jobs at charging affordable tuition and fees.
“Our mission to prepare students for today’s careers and tomorrow’s opportunities at an affordable price does not go unnoticed,” said Dr. Amy Going, President of Lake Washington Institute of Technology. “We are pleased, but not surprised, to see our college in this national ranking. We’ve been saying for a year now that LWTech is no longer the region’s best kept secret.”
Lake Washington Tech provides 44 programs of study with more than 80 certificates, associates and bachelor’s degrees. This fall, LWTech will offer two new bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and Transportation Logistics, two careers on the rise.
The Public Health program focuses on preventive care, a core piece of the Affordable Care Act. The Transportation Logistics program focuses on moving products across the state and around the globe.
For more information about the ranking, check the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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US Department of Education: http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/
Chronicle of Higher Education:
As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers six bachelor’s degrees, more than 45 associate degrees, and more than 85 professional certificates in 44 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.