U of I Tuition Could Spike 9 Percent or More

Vote for next tuition hike comes later this year

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Jan 21, 2010  |  Updated 6:00 PM CDT
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The University of Illinois has raised the cost of student housing on its three campuses by up to 6 percent and increased fees paid by students.

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Open your wallets, students (and parents).

On the same day University of Illinois officials announced an increase in housing costs, they also cautioned that the next tuition increase could see a double-digit percentage increase.

Trustees voted Thursday to raise the cost of room and board at the flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign by 4.6 percent to $9,086, starting this summer.

The cost at the Chicago campus will increase 6 percent to $9,688. In Springfield the cost will go up 2.2 percent to $9,400.

Trustees also voted to increase undergraduate fees in Urbana-Champaign by 2.8 percent to $2,842. Fees in Chicago will go up 1.3 percent to $2,928 and Springfield fees will increase 6.4 percent to $1,714.

The annual fees pay for student health services, career counseling facilities repair and other services.

Tuition is guaranteed for four years, with the next proposal coming up for a vote later this year.

Interim president Stanley Ikenberry said tuition would increase at least nine percent but "could go double that." Phased over a four-year period, a 9 percent hike would equate to an increase of about 3 to 3.5 percent a year. An 18 percent hike would be about 7 to 7.5 percent a year.

Tuition is $9,484 this year for freshman at Urbana-Champaign.

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