Incoming students at Southern Illinois University will pay more next year, and continuing students will see higher fees in many areas as the Board of Trustees approved the hikes Thursday. The vote was not unanimous, as Trustees Roger Herrin and Don Lowery voted no on nearly every fee increase and the tuition hike. The two maintain more cuts must be made to rein in costs, and Herrin says he vowed to vote no on the issue last year if he didn't see progress in that area:
"While I'm aware that there's efforts in these areas, I'm not convinced that we have fully done our duty. Therefore, I too, am going to be voting against many of these fees. I just will not put the fees on the backs of the students"
Administrators say they've cut to the core in many areas, and aren't sure where else to trim. The tuition increase is 4.8% for incoming students in the fall of 2012. Fees vary, but many are less than 3% with some remaining flat.
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