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Fri January 24, 2014

U of I Board OKs Tuition Increase & UIS Student Union

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:13 pm

Newly approved tuition increases at the University of Illinois mean that four years of college on the flagship campus will top $100,000 for many students. Trustees voted Thursday to raise tuition by 1.7 %. They also increased fees and housing costs. Vice President for Academic Affairs Christopher Pierre says the increases sticks to a university plan to keep increases in line with inflation.

The annual tuition for in-state students will be $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield. Increases would only affect students starting this fall. That's because state law locks tuition for four years for public university students. Annual housing costs would increase to $10,180 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,518 in Chicago and $10,650 in Springfield. Tuition, fees and other costs will top $100,000 for many Urbana-Champaign students.

UIS will go forward with plans to create a student union, a decision also formally approved by U of I trustees. Chancellor Susan Koch has been pursuing the project for years, and architects already have a plan in place for the facility. It's projected to cost $20 million and open in 2016.

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