The Court Order Regarding Post Secondary Education Support (PSES)
The child and each parent are normally held to be responsible for 1/3 of the cost of the child's college costs, including tuition, room & board, Books and Supplies, & transportation. The combined share of the parents would therefore be 2/3 of this amount. The child's 1/3 will normally be paid from part time work, student loans, grants and scholarships. Any excess from the child's share would normally be equally & proportionately attributed to the parents' obligation. The Court normally limits the parent's 2/3 share at 2/3 of the cost of attending the University of Washington (this is a common provision). The UW cost therefore acts as a "cap" or upper limit to the parents' obligation. The parents then are usually ordered to divide this share proportionate to their net incomes.