U of I Board OKs Tuition Increase & UIS Student Union

Jan 23, 2014

The future UIS student union
Credit uis.edu

Newly approved tuition increases at the University of Illinois mean that four years of college on the flagship campus will top $100,000 for many students. Trustees voted Thursday to raise tuition by 1.7 %. They also increased fees and housing costs. Vice President for Academic Affairs Christopher Pierre says the increases sticks to a university plan to keep increases in line with inflation.

The annual tuition for in-state students will be $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield. Increases would only affect students starting this fall. That's because state law locks tuition for four years for public university students. Annual housing costs would increase to $10,180 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,518 in Chicago and $10,650 in Springfield. Tuition, fees and other costs will top $100,000 for many Urbana-Champaign students.

UIS will go forward with plans to create a student union, a decision also formally approved by U of I trustees. Chancellor Susan Koch has been pursuing the project for years, and architects already have a plan in place for the facility. It's projected to cost $20 million and open in 2016.