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U of I considers 6.9 percent tuition hike

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Incoming freshmen at the University of Illinois’ three campuses will pay 6.9 percent higher tuition next year, pending a vote Wednesday by the university’s board of trustees.

The tuition rate is locked in for four years, so new freshmen attending the flagship Urbana-Champaign campus will pay at minimum $11,104 in tuition. Students in pricier programs there like engineering will pay as much $15,928 a year.

At the University of Illinois at Chicago, tuition will run $9,764 annually. At the school’s Springfield campus, a general undergraduate credit hour will cost $18.75 more, from $270.25 for freshmen in 2010 to $289 for freshman in 2011.

None of these figures includes housing and other fees, which approximately double a student’s annual bill. A Sun-Times comparison of the cost of a Big Ten education in 2010 found in-state students attending the Urbana-Champaign campus pay more than all other Big Ten schools except Penn State when comparing in-state tuition, housing and fees.

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