A proposed tuition rate freeze, recommended by the Illinois State University administration, would mean that tuition would remain the same for incoming in-state undergraduate students for the 2019-20 academic year.
Although tuition rates would remain at $384.13 per credit hour, the same cost of the previous academic school year, there would still be a $10 per credit hour fee increase if the proposal is approved. This fee would go towards facility and technology enhancement.
The university already adheres to Illinois’ truth in tuition law which means that students pay a locked rate, without increase, throughout their entire four years. The tuition freeze would benefit prospective students looking to start at the university in the fall.
The administration also suggested in the proposal that resident hall and dining rates remain the same as the previous year.
Tuition rates are locked, but student fees are still subject to change on a yearly basis. In addition to the $10 increase of fees, student health insurance was previously increased to $16. This makes the overall cost of attendance $24, 682 for a student starting this fall.
“We’ve gotten past that budget impasse from a couple of years ago. Things are looking a little more stable as far as state funding,” said Director of Media Relations Eric Jome.
“The governor has proposed a small increase for higher education so we look at that. We also look at how we want to continue to be an affordable and attractive option for students. We have to balance what our needs are, while also trying to remain affordable.”
A special board meeting was held this past Saturday where tuition and fees and room and board rates were a main focus of the discussion. This helped gage what the board was comfortable with and what direction they want to go in.
“We got a lot of input from the board members and so carrying into this board meeting on Friday…I think this is something that the trustees are comfortable with and I believe this is a successful measure going forward,” said Jome.
Jome also added that the university can continue to operate well without increasing tuition rates.