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U. of I. tuition to rise 4.8 percent; total costs now top $24k

Updated: February 21, 2012 8:37AM

The University of Illinois board of trustees on Thursday approved a 4.8 percent tuition increase for the incoming 2012-2013 freshman class, as well as increases to room, board and student fees.

With the vote, incoming in-state students at the flagship Urbana-Champaign campus should expect bills around $24,206, unless a student is majoring in a specialized subject like engineering, where costs will be even higher. Standard tuition will cost $11,636, room and board will rise to $9,688 and fees will increase by $10, to $2,882.

Tuition is rising to $10,232 at the Chicago campus and to $9,090 at the Springfield campus. Both campuses are also facing room and board and modest fee increases.

Thursday’s vote at a Chicago board meeting locks in tuition for the entering 2012-2013 class for the next four years under the state’s guaranteed tuition law.

Also increasing by $7 million is the pool of money for need-based financial aid, according to university officials.

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