In some positive news for future University of Illinois undergraduates, President Timothy Killeen said Tuesday he will propose freezing tuition for the incoming class of 2017.
If approved, it would mark an unprecedented third year in a row that the base tuition rates for in-state freshmen would remain the same. Trustees won't vote on tuition until January.
But by announcing the goal now — as high school juniors are gearing up to apply to college — Killeen may ease families' fears about the future of higher education in Illinois at a time when state funding is declining and unpredictable. The tuition charged to a freshman remains the same for the student's four years of college.
Killeen cautioned that without more funding from Springfield, U. of I. may not be able to support a tuition freeze.
With the freeze, students entering in fall 2017 would pay the same tuition as this past year's freshmen: $12,036 at the Urbana-Champaign campus, $10,584 at the Chicago campus and $9,405 in Springfield.
The story was reported by the Chicago Tribune on July 13, 2016.
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