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1.7 percent tuition hike proposed for U of I

The University Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Updated: February 15, 2014 6:24AM

Freshmen at the University of Illinois may have to dig deeper this coming fall to pay a proposed 1.7 percent tuition increase, the university said Monday.

The university’s board of trustees is slated to vote on the tuition hike on Jan. 23.

If approved, tuition would go up about $200 a year at all three campuses — in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign — for students who start in Fall 2014. The base yearly tuition for in-state students would increase to $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield.

The university said the increase — the second year in a row for a 1.7 percent increase — is in keeping with inflation and would translate into an 0.7 percent increase per year during the four years that rates are locked in under the state’s guaranteed tuition law.

Following a 9.5 percent increase for 2010-11, tuition rose 6.9 percent for 2011-12, 4.8 percent for 2012-13 and 1.7 percent for 2013-14.

Fees and housing costs also are slated to increase under the proposal.

Housing expenses would go up by 2 percent to $10,180 in Urbana-Champaign; 2.5 percent to $10,518 in Chicago and 2.9 percent to $10,650 in Springfield.

Fees for freshmen would jump 2.3 percent, or $68, to $2,984 a year at the Urbana campus, and Chicago’s fees would rise 1.7 percent, or $52, to $3,062 per year. At Springfield, fees would rise 4.1 percent, or $78, to $1,970 per year, due largely to an increase in the health services fee.

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