Community college tuition has gone up so much during the economic downturn that students at Washington's two-year colleges are now paying what a University of Washington student paid just over a decade ago.

College officials say $4,000 to $5,000 a year in full-time tuition is still a bargain compared to what it costs to go to UW today.

But the state's 34 community and technical colleges do have about 6 percent fewer students this fall.

The executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges believes that drop in student enrollment is due to a number of factors including tuition and the fact that some people are going back to work.

With tuition going higher every year, do you feel college is going to become less of an option for most people?  Is a college degree still worth it?

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