Leaders say tuition will increase, but could be "small"

By Erica Quednau | equednau@wcia.com

Published 11/05 2013 04:58PM

Updated 11/05 2013 07:01PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- School leaders are getting ready to talk tuition. After years of significant change, the increase for fall could be relatively small.

Their recommendation will likely come in January. Right now, Illinois ranks high in tuition costs. It costs more to go to the UI than just about any other school in the Big Ten.

It has a lot to do with dwindling state funding. In the past ten years, state aid has dropped about 25%. To make up for that, tuition has increased. Now it accounts for just about all of the school's budget.

But, university leaders fear higher tuition is driving away students. Colin Seward chose Parkland over UI because of money.

UI's Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will make the tuition increase recommendation. He says he's taking several things into account including things like remaining competitive, uncertainty with the state and keeping costs down for students. Last year, tuition increase about two percent.

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