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Above: UIS students approved a fee that financed finance much of the Student Union construction.

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The UIS Office of Advancement is leading the fundraising effort for the Student Union, which still continues . If, after reading the information below, you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Lorber, UIS Vice Chancellor for Development, by phone at 217-206-6058 or by email at


The 50,000-square-foot Student Union has a total cost of $21.75 million.

Private Funding

State appropriations could not be used for a Student Union because the building (an “auxiliary enterprise”) is not directly related to instruction, research, or service. Much of the cost of the building will be paid by student fees; additional funds have come from other sources.

To complete funding, UIS has had to raise private support of $8 million for the Student Union. The University of Illinois Foundation, the official fundraising and private gift-receiving organization for the University of Illinois system, is assisting in this endeavor.

Support from alumni and friends has been outstanding but more than $1.5 million still needs to be raised.