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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on the Senate passing a bipartisan bill to extend the Perkins Loan Program. The Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2015 builds on a bill passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives in September and provides for a two-year extension of the program until a longer term solution can be put in place under the Higher Education Act. In Washington state, more than 15,000 students received Perkins Loans last year.

“Letting the Perkins Loan Program expire in September took away a low-cost financial aid option from students, leaving many in the lurch, so I am glad we were able to forge a bipartisan compromise to extend this resource for students in Washington state and across the country,” said Senator Murray. “While I am pleased we are moving forward on a way to restore Perkins Loans to help undergraduates pay for college, we have much more work to do to reauthorize the Higher Education Act in a way that provides all students who want to further their education with the financial aid and affordable pathways they need to pursue their degree and help them gain a foothold into the middle class.”

In September, Murray urged her colleagues to extend the program prior to its expiration. This compromise will extend the life of the Perkins Loan Program through September 30, 2017 for eligible students.

Breakdown of students in Washington state receiving Perkins Loans in 2013-14:

School

State

Zip Code

School Type

Recipients

Disbursements

University of Washington - Seattle

WA

98195-1122

Public

4,698

$  10,379,139.00

Washington State University

WA

99164-1035

Public

2,689

$    2,643,975.00

Gonzaga University

WA

99258-0083

Private/Non-Profit

909

$    2,560,011.00

Pacific Lutheran University

WA

98447-0003

Private/Non-Profit

896

$    2,256,404.00

Western Washington University

WA

98225-5946

Public

845

$    1,417,205.00

University of Puget Sound

WA

98416-0001

Private/Non-Profit

731

$    1,203,767.00

Seattle Pacific University

WA

98119-1997

Private/Non-Profit

703

$    1,158,156.00

Central Washington University

WA

98926-7501

Public

541

$    1,089,362.00

Eastern Washington University

WA

99004-2444

Public

589

$        982,262.00

Evergreen State College (The)

WA

98505-0002

Public

639

$        869,540.00

Seattle University

WA

98122-1090

Private/Non-Profit

516

$        778,685.00

Whitworth University

WA

99251-0001

Private/Non-Profit

477

$        711,259.00

Whitman College

WA

99362-2067

Private/Non-Profit

215

$        536,250.00

Walla Walla University

WA

99324-1198

Private/Non-Profit

187

$        359,797.00

Cornish College of the Arts

WA

98121-4604

Private/Non-Profit

93

$        300,000.00

Northwest University

WA

98033-7523

Private/Non-Profit

93

$        255,364.00

Saint Martin's University

WA

98503-7500

Private/Non-Profit

93

$        150,428.00

Walla Walla Community College

WA

99362-9267

Public

58

$        149,808.00

Art Institute of Seattle (The)

WA

98121-1622

Proprietary

54

$        147,484.00

Heritage University

WA

98948-9562

Private/Non-Profit

53

$        142,897.00

Perry Technical Institute

WA

98903-1239

Private/Non-Profit

51

$        139,750.00

Bastyr University

WA

98028-4966

Private/Non-Profit

39

$        120,000.00

Big Bend Community College

WA

98837-3299

Public

31

$          82,750.00

North Seattle College

WA

98103-3599

Public

9

$          33,710.00

Total

15,209

$         28,468,003.00