Tuesday, January 14, 2014

U of I plans 1.7 percent tuition increase

The University of Illinois intends to raise tuition for incoming freshmen at its three campuses by 1.7 percent for the next school year.

The university announced the proposed increase Monday as a board of trustees audit and finance committee reviewed it. The full board of trustees will vote on the increase at its meeting Jan. 23 in Chicago.

The 1.7 percent increase is the same as last year’s hike and matches the smallest tuition increase in two decades.

The proposal would raise the cost of a year of tuition for in-state students to $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield. The increase would only affect students starting in fall 2014 because state law locks tuition rates for public university students for four years.

Annual housing costs would increase 2 percent to $10,180 in Urbana-Champaign and by 2.5 percent to $10,518 in Chicago, under the proposal. Springfield rates would increase 2.9 percent to $10,650.

UIS spokesman Derek Schnapp said the slightly larger increase in housing costs for the Springfield campus essentially is because UIS housing is newer than at the other two campuses.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on January 14, 2014.

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