$20,000 in-state tuition may not be far off in Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington tuition rates are rising at such a rapid clip that the cost of attending a top university is projected to surpass $20,000 per year for in-state students before the end of this decade.

Those numbers, produced as part of an actuarial analysis for the state's pre-paid tuition program, mean that higher education rates may quadruple from 2004 to 2019. Supporters of the university system hope that the state can begin restoring at least some of the cuts to blunt those rising costs.

Students at the University of Washington are preparing to pay $11,782 in this coming academic year, along with some additional fees not included in the prepaid tuition calculations, up about 15 percent from the year prior.

Future projected increases mean by the 2019-20 school year, tuition could be $20,249, plus additional fees.