Parents of incoming Illinois State University students won't know for another month how much tuition they will have to pay. The ISU administration traditionally makes a tuition rate recommendation at the May Board of Trustees meeting. But, Spokesman Jay Groves says the budget picture remains unclear and ISU is currently planning for a 12.4% cut in state funding that might not materialize.
"The University would be forced to ask the board for a tuition increase of anywhere from four to six percent. And President Dietz does not want to do that. In fact, what the University was hoping for was to ask for a very modest increase of about two percent."
Groves says a loss of $9.2 million in state support would force ISU to cut the number of courses it offers, reduce planned maintenance further, cut supplemental student aid, and make other cuts.
He says the University will wait until the end of the legislative session and then set up a special trustees meeting to make the tuition rate choice based on the budget the General Assembly passes.
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