November 17th

Preliminary tuition figures show 6 percent increase

URBANA – The tuition rate at UIS is expected to rise by $112 per semester next year for full-time undergraduate students who enrolled prior to this fall, based on preliminary figures introduced at Thursday’s meeting of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Chester Gardner, UI vice president for academic affairs, gave a presentation at the meeting that focused on the university’s financial needs and their anticipated impact on tuition, fees and financial aid for fiscal year 2006. The preliminary UIS semester tuition increases of $112 – or 6 percent – for most full-time undergrads, and $120 – or 7.1 percent – for continuing graduate students, were included in the presentation.

University administrators plan to hear input on tuition rates over the next few weeks before preparing some specific recommendations for the board to vote on in January, Gardner said.

UIS Student Trustee Andrew Hollingsead said earlier this month that he plans to seek student input on the issue after Thanksgiving by sending a survey to every student and hosting a discussion forum.

Degree-seeking undergrads who enrolled this fall will not see a tuition increase because the Guaranteed Tuition Plan requires the university to offer these students the same rate for four years.

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