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Terri Jackson Book Award Fund

Terri JacksonAbove: Terri Jackson, former director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at UIS

The Cost of Books: An Often Unexpected Reality

Many students function on a tight budget. They gather their resources before coming to school, arrange to have money to pay tuition and room and board–sometimes through their own hard-earned savings, through help from relatives, financial aid (thank you, donors!), and student loans.

But when they arrive at school, they discover an unpleasant and sometimes unexpected truth: they will need to pay a significant amount of money for books, an average of $1200 per semester nationwide.

This is hard on almost all students, but especially hard onĀ  first-generation students. Last year, 59% of our first-year class were the first in their families to attend college. We are proud and pleased to be extending the opportunity for higher education to so many trailblazing students, but the reality remains–they do not always realize how much they will have to pay for books.

Terri Jackson Knew About this Need

Terri Jackson, now deceased, served as the former director of UIS’ Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (now called the Diversity Center). At her death and in her honor, friends and alumni initiated the Terri Jackson Book Fund, which regularly provides assistance to students who need help purchasing books.

The fund exists because generous donors provide gifts to the fund each year. Please join these donors and make a gift today.

You’ll be making an important academic contribution to students who are blazing a trail for the benefit of their families, their communities, and for everyone who gains fromĀ  their example, leadership, and success.


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