According to the College Board's report on "Trends in College Pricing," from 2008 to 2014, Washington's average in-state tuition increased by $4,085 in inflation-adjusted dollars. During the same time, Arizona's tuition increased by $4,493. The national average increased by $1,885 during that time.
While Washington now ranks in the top third of average public college tuition, it has fallen to the bottom third of state appropriations for higher education.
The Washington Legislature gave universities permission to raise tuition by double digit rates during the recession to make up for double-digit cuts in state appropriations for higher education.