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Senate Bill 5166 passes the 2019 state legislative session

During the 2019 session, the state legislature voted to pass Senate Bill 5166. The bill provides religious accommodations for postsecondary students. It went into effect on July 28, 2019.

How does this bill affect me?

Student absences at a postsecondary school may be taken after written notice to the school for:

  • reasons of faith or conscience
  • an organized activity conducted under the auspices of a:
    • religious denomination
    • church
    • religious organization

Postsecondary institutions include:

  • vocational schools
  • beauty and cosmetology schools
  • any entity that offers academic credit for apprenticeships

The bill includes:

  1. Students must give notice within the first 2 weeks of the beginning of the course. They must provide specific dates for accommodation.
  2. The school’s policy must require staff to reasonably accommodate student absences due to observance of religious holidays.
  3. The school must publish its policy on its website. It must include the policy in the course catalog with the school complaint procedure.
  4. Schools must not require students to pay a fee for seeking reasonable accommodation.

Learn more about Senate Bill 5166.

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House Bill 1176 passes the 2019 state legislative session

During the 2019 session, the state legislature voted to pass House Bill 1176. The bill provides consistency and efficiency in the regulation of certain professions, including:

  • cosmetologists
  • hair designers
  • barbers
  • manicurists
  • estheticians

The bill goes into effect on July 28, 2019.

How does this bill affect me?

The bill removes the requirement for DOL to mail notices (by US Mail) of statutory and regulatory changes to:

  • cosmetology licensees
  • hair design licensees
  • barber licensees
  • manicurist licensees
  • esthetician licensees

The department will continue to communicate statutory and regulatory changes through:

  • email
  • this website

Learn more about House Bill 1176.

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Important information for schools

In 2018, Governor Inslee signed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1439 (E2SHB 1439) into law. The law requires the Department of Licensing to establish and administer a Tuition Recovery Trust Fund (TRTF) by January 1, 2019. It also requires schools to make deposits into the TRTF.

What is the TRTF?

The TRTF is for the benefit and protection of enrolled students if their school closes before the completion of their education. The TRTF can be used for providing refunds to students affected by a school closure. It can also be used for securing and administrating student records.

What are the new requirements for schools beginning January 1, 2019?

  • New school applications must include a deposit of $300 into the TRFT.
  • School license renewals must include a deposit of .0016 times the school’s gross annual tuition for the previous calendar year into the TRTF.
  • Schools are required to deposit $25 into the TRTF if the school did not collect any tuition for the previous calendar year.
  • Schools must notify students of the TRTF.

What happens if a school doesn’t pay into the TRTF?

There may be a delay in issuing a new school license or renewing a current school license.


Phone: 360.664.6651
Email: plssunit@dol.wa.gov

Information for School Owners: Substitute Senate Bill 5022 Washington Student Loan Transparency Act

In 2017, Governor Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 5022, known as the Washington Student Loan Transparency Act. The Act takes effect July 1, 2018. Get more details about the Student Loan Transparency Act visit Senate Bill 5022 (leg.wa.gov).

Starting July 1, 2018 schools must provide student loan debt information to all enrolled students who have applied for a new or revised federal or private financial aid.

Schools must provide to students:

  • Debt details each time they are offered a new or revised federal student loan or private loan certified by the school.
  • The total amount of education loans taken out by the student.
  • The potential total payoff amount, including principal and interest.
  • The repayment amount based on the federal loan or private loan.
  • The percentage a student has reached of their total borrowing limit for federal loans that apply to a student's program of study.

Schools must email students with the above information. In addition to email, you may also provide this information to students in writing, in another electronic format, or in person.

Other requirements that take effect in July 2018:

In addition, the Act requires schools to provide students with consumer information that explains the differences between private student loans and federal student loans, including information about repayment plans available to students based on their income.

When communicating with students, you must let them know your estimates are general in nature and not meant as a guarantee or promise of the actual projected amount. You must also include a statement that lets students know there's a variety of student loan repayment plans available for federal student loans. These plans may help students reduce their monthly repayment, depending on their income. Finally, you'll need to provide students with information about state and federal resources, such as a student education loan debt hotline, federal student loan repayment calculator, or other available resources. We'll provide samples that can be used prior to the implementation date.

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