University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students will be paying higher tuition come next fall, but the jump is smaller than past years.
The raise will be less than $200, the smallest jump since the 2000-2001 academic year. If it's approved, four-year tuition for incoming in-state freshmen will go up 1.7 percent. That's about 0.7 percent each year for students with locked in tuition.
The increase comes from an inflation-neutral tuition setting policy put on by the Board two years ago, in hopes of lowering costs. The tuition raise does affect all University of Illinois campuses, including Chicago and Springfield. President Robert Easter says the small hike was the result of cost-cutting over the past three years.
"Last year, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which created land-grant universities liked the U of I and opened the doors of higher education to the children of all social classes," Easter says. "it helped fuel the most dramatic social and technological advances in our nation's history, and it is critical that we ensure ethose same opportunities for new generations of students."
If the tuition goes through, it would be far below the average 4.8 percent increase that incoming, in-state students paid at the U of I last fall. This will bring the tuition for Champaign-Urbana in-state students to $11,834 a year, $10,406 in Chicago, and $9,247.50 in Springfield.
In addition, the Board will consider changes to room-and-board rates, for the 2013-2014 academic year, as well. Standard room-and-board costs would rise 3 percent at Champaign-Urbana, in Chicago, 2 percent, and in Springfield, 4.9 percent.