Trustees to vote on higher student fees

Trustees to vote on higher student fees

URBANA – Several University of Illinois student fees are likely to increase next year.

In addition to a proposal to raise tuition, UI trustees on Tuesday are expected to vote on increases to room-and-board fees; general student fees which cover, for example, health services; plus a new fee that would create a need- and merit-based scholarship.

Trustees are scheduled to begin their meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Pine Lounge of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Housing and student fees

Undergraduate housing and graduate room-and-board costs will be up next year.

The price for a single room plus a traditional, 14-meals-per-week board plan for the 2006-07 school year is proposed at $8,248 per year, up 7.5 percent or $576 more per academic year.

Prices for doubles and triples are also slated to increase 7.5 percent, to $7,216 and $6,812, respectively.

Students, if you want to stay in a room with air conditioning, that will add $100 to the cost.

Graduate housing costs are also proposed to be higher, from 3.3 percent to 7.5 percent higher, depending on the type of housing and the building.

Under a proposal before the trustees, the student fee for the Urbana campus would go from $656 per semester to $684 per semester, up $28, or 4.3 percent.

That means beginning this fall students will pay $1,368 in student fees for one academic year.

The increase will cover higher costs at McKinley Health Center as well as costs associated with renovating campus recreation facilities, according to the UI.

Student health insurance fees will also be higher. For undergraduates, the fee is proposed at $180 per semester, up 7.5 percent. The fee for graduate students is $256 per semester, up 11.3 percent.

Coverage for spouses and dependents is extra.

New scholarship fee

As tuition and the costs of living increase, students from low- or middle-income families will have more financial aid available to them, pending approval from the trustees.

The Legacy of Service and Learning Scholarship would be a need- and merit-based scholarship available to students who complete 50 hours of community service each year.

The scholarship will be funded by a new student fee, proposed at $15 per semester. In a referendum held March 7 and 8, students voted 3,785 in favor of and 2,977 against the proposal to create the fee.

According to the UI, $10 of the fee would be invested as principal of an endowment, and $5 would fund the scholarships for that year.

By the 20th year, the endowment will be $15 million and could award more than $1 million annually in scholarships, the UI predicts.

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