UI officials propose modest boost in tuition, fees

UI officials propose modest boost in tuition, fees

CHAMPAIGN — Tuition and fees will increase modestly for students planning to enroll at the University of Illinois this fall, according to a proposal before trustees.

UI officials outlined the proposed 2014-15 tuition rates, along with student fees and housing rates, before a committee of university trustees Monday; the proposal goes to the full board for formal approval on Jan. 23.

If approved, tuition and fees for incoming in-state freshmen to the Urbana-Champaign campus would increase 1.8 percent.

Under the proposal, base tuition for in-state students on the Urbana-Champaign campus would be $12,036 a year, up $202 from those who started in fall 2013. On the Chicago campus, base tuition for in-state students would go up $178 to $10,584. On the Springfield campus, new in-state students would pay $9,405 a year, up $158. Students in some specialized programs will pay higher tuition rates.

Those rates are locked in for four years under the state's guaranteed tuition law, which dates back to 2003.

As for student fees, the amount Urbana students pay would rise 2.3 percent, or $68, to $2,984 per year. Student fees go to the library, union, campus recreation, athletics, counseling center and more. Chicago's fees would rise 1.7 percent, or $52, to $3,062 per year. At Springfield, fees would rise 4.1 percent, or $78, to $1,970 per year.

Also under the proposal, undergraduate room-and-board costs in Urbana would rise 2 percent, or $201, to $10,180 per year. That figure is based on a student staying in a double-occupancy room and taking a 14-meal-per-week plan. Room-and-board costs in Urbana also are locked in for four years if the student decides to live in campus residence halls.

In 2011, after several years of climbing tuition rates, trustees adopted a board policy calling for tuition to essentially track with cost-of-living indices. At that time, they also agreed to start approving tuition and fees during their January board meeting to give students and families more time for planning how to finance college and compare financial aid packages. The previous practice was to finalize rates in the spring or summer.

Last January, the university approved a 1.7 percent increase for the 2013-14 tuition rates. That was the smallest increase seen in 18 years.

Tallying up UI's price tag

The cost of attending the University of Illinois for in-state students entering fall 2014, if the proposed rate is approved by the UI Board of Trustees later this month:

$12,036 base tuition

+ $2,984 fees

+ $10,180 room and board (based on double-occupancy, 14-meal-per-week plan)

$25,200 total cost

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Lostinspace wrote on January 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Stop calling it "fees."  It is a tuition increase.

Savoyard wrote on January 14, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I agree about the fees - simply a way to disguise tuition hikes. How odd that the tuition hike story follows close on the heels of the AD's obscene salary package and a story about Dr Wise's appointment to another board. Does she have a part time position at the U of I so that she can devote time to getting in touch with her inner corporation? Doesn't the University get her undivided attention for $500,000 a year? So now a state supported institution (!) costs over $100,000 for a bachelor's degree and that's if your student only eats two meals a day in the dining hall......