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It takes a little pluck and some ingenuity, but it s possible to work the Washington state college system to shave thousands off the cost of a degree or boost a career without drowning in debt.

So say recent and soon-to-be college grads who have used new state programs, or taken full advance of existing ones, to finish their college careers.

Some of the programs are not well known; others are familiar, yet remarkably few students are taking full advantage of them.

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