ISU Price Tag To Rise Less Than $500 | WGLT

ISU Price Tag To Rise Less Than $500

May 8, 2018

The Illinois State University administration is recommending no increase in room and board rates for the next school year. And the proposal going to trustees on Friday includes a 3.75 percent increase in tuition.

The board packet indicates the combined cost of tuition, fees, room, and board to attend ISU would go up 1.9 percent for the fiscal year beginning in July. That would include a $26 per year jump in optional student health insurance.

The total increase for an undergraduate student paying in-state tuition and residing in student housing would be $459.

Current school year total room, board, tuition, and fee charges are $24,160. The estimated total for the school year beginning in August would be $24,619.

"Setting tuition and fee rates continues to be a complex exercise, particularly in light of historical declines in state financial support and the lack of predictability of the State of Illinois budget process," said administrators in the briefing packet.

ISU's website estimates costs of books and other expenses add about $5,400 more to the cost to attend the school in Normal.

College Factual has identified ISU as a "Best College for the Money," and Washington Monthly has said ISU is a "Best Bang for the Buck" in the Midwest.

Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. Friday to consider a variety of resolutions.

ISU graduation is Friday and Saturday.

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