SPRINGFIELD - Tuition at the University of Illinois at Springfield will be $3,607.50 per semester for full-time freshmen and transfer students enrolling for the first time in summer or fall 2008. The U of I Board of Trustees voted to approve the 2008-2009 rates at its meeting in Urbana today.
The new rate is $427.50 more per semester than the rate paid by last fall's new students. However, the rate is guaranteed not to increase for four consecutive years after the student's initial enrollment. Illinois' public universities implemented a guaranteed tuition plan for all undergraduate students in 2004.
UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen said revenue from the tuition increase amounts to about $1.6 million in new funds.
"We have a variety of needs on this campus, all centered on maintaining and improving academic quality," said Ringeisen. "Everything we do is designed to provide the best possible environment for student learning. We need to hire faculty that are among the best in their field to replace retiring professors and retain our current high quality faculty and staff as well as meet the high demand in some existing degree programs."
Even with the increase in tuition, UIS remains one of the best educational values in the state, ranking in the middle among the 12 public universities in terms of tuition rates. At the same time that UIS is raising tuition, it is increasing its contribution to student aid so that all academically qualified students can have access to the university. Last year, only 25 percent of UIS students paid full tuition and fees. The rest received some form of financial assistance.
Continuing students not enrolled in tuition plans (enrolled prior to 2004) will pay an additional $215.50 per semester.
Graduate students will pay an increase of $30.00 per credit hour, from $226.00 to $256.00 per credit hour under the plan approved by the BOT. Graduate students take anywhere from one class per semester to a full load of 12 credit hours.
The BOT also approved increases in mandatory student fees for next academic year at the meeting. At UIS, mandatory student fees will increase by $39 per semester, from the current $660 per semester to $699 per semester. The fee increase provides for continued support of student programs, organizations, career services, health services, and debt service increases, according to Chris Miller, vice chancellor for student and administrative services.
Room and board rates (standard double occupancy residence hall and 14-meal plan weekly) will increase to $4,420 per semester from last year’s $4,223 per semester. UIS currently has one residence hall – Lincoln Residence Hall – which is home to most UIS freshmen and sophomores. The majority of the 950 residential students live in campus townhouses and apartments equipped with full kitchens and pay less for room and board. Student fees and room-and-board are not guaranteed and change year to year to cover inflation and high costs, such as energy.
A second residence hall – Founders Hall – is now being constructed at UIS and is expected to be ready for occupancy in August. It will accommodate 200 freshmen and sophomores.