SEATTLE - This week Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill allowing colleges and universities to raise tuition without lawmaker approval.

In California, private and community colleges say they saw a jump in applications as the price of public universities went up.

Many schools in our state, including Seattle Pacific University, are keeping a close eye on this to see if they'll see similar trends.

SPU says transfer applications are up by 33 percent since 2009, and by more than 60 percent from 2008.

Admissions counselors say the numbers are growing because of the downturn in the economy in 2008 and because of community college students transferring to four-year colleges to finish up their degrees.

On Monday, Washington State University announced plans to increase in-state undergrad tuition by 16 percent, which means students could be paying more than $9,000 a year.

Admissions counselors recommend students apply earlier, look at their financial aid packages and apply to more than one school.

Also, visit the campus. A school may look good on paper, but it may not be a good fit.

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