Monday, May 24, 2010

U of I trustees approve tuition hike

University of Illinois trustees voted Thursday, May 20, to raise tuition for new students by 9.5 percent and approved a contract that pays the school’s incoming president approximately $620,000 a year — about $170,000 more than the man he’ll replace.

“We should all applaud the fact that we’ve got somebody who’s got that strong track record,” board chairman Chris Kennedy said after the hourslong meeting.

With the vote, tuition for students starting school this fall at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign will increase to $10,386 a year. In Chicago, the figure will be $9,134, and it will be $8,108.50 in Springfield. Only new students will be affected because Illinois guarantees students at public universities the same tuition for four years.

The tuition increase was the focus of an Associated Press article on May 21, 2010.

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