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State funds 110 freshmen, bioproducts at Tri-Cities

The biennial budget approved April 22 by the state Legislature includes funding for 110 freshmen and a new bioproducts program at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
“We greatly appreciate that the Legislature is supportive of campus growth,” WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky Carwein said. “The budget will help meet critical campus needs, especially as we expand programs and services to our new freshmen, as well as our transfer and graduate students.”
The state budget includes funding for:
• 50 FTE freshmen in 2007-08.
• 60 FTE freshmen in 2008-09.
• 20 FTE nursing students in 2007-08 and 5 additional FTE nursing students in 2008-09.
• $4 million for bioproducts research, including $2 million to employ 10 scientists jointly with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to conduct research on biomass conversion in the new Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) under construction at WSU Tri-Cities.
While the state budget provides for 50 full-time freshmen, WSU Tri-Cities already has 53 freshmen who have paid the $200 tuition deposit to hold their seats — more students are anticipated and are welcome. The tuition deposit priority deadline is May 1. Fall semester starts Aug. 20.
“We are still accepting and recruiting freshmen and transfer students for the fall semester,” Carwein said. “We remain committed to admitting all qualified students — both freshmen and transfer — who desire to come to WSU Tri-Cities.”
The state budget did not include funding for WSU Tri-Cities to hire the director of the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy, nor did it include 10 FTE enrollments requested for the electrical engineering degree program.
As of  April 23, the WSU Tri-Cities application count is:
• 254 freshman applications received, 124 admission offers made and 53 tuition deposits paid. Each full-time freshman who enrolls will receive a $6,000 scholarship package, a laptop computer, and an internship.
• 343 transfer applications received, 155 transfer admission offers made, and 64 transfer tuition deposits paid. Transfer applications are up 36 percent compared to this time last year.

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