Tuition to the University of Illinois will increase 6.9 percent for undergraduates this fall if trustees approve the recommendation at their meeting today.
New students at the Urbana-Champaign campus would pay $11,104 a year in tuition under the proposal, while UIC students would pay $9,764 and students at the Springfield campus would pay $8,670. The cost doubles when fees and room and board are added.
Tuition increases have ranged from 2.6 percent to 16 percent since 2004. Trustees last year raised tuition 9.5 percent.
"It is a conservative proposal that is mindful of families and their concerns about affordability but allows the university to cover inflationary costs and protect itself against the ravages of higher personnel and operating costs," U. of I. spokesman Thomas Hardy said.
The other four-year state universities have not decided on tuition costs, but Southern Illinois University officials have signaled that it could go up 9 percent.
The cost to attend the University of Chicago is going up 4.1 percent, the school announced Monday. The total for the 2011-12 school year will be $55,416, of which $41,853 is tuition.
U. of I. board members indicated in January that they wanted to keep a tuition increase for the 2011-12 academic year at the rate of inflation — as low as about 2 percent — but added the caveat that bleak state funding could make it difficult.
According to state law, the tuition charged each class of freshmen remains fixed for four years. Administrators say that the tuition increase, spread out over the four years, amounts to the equivalent of about 2.7 percent a year.
The university is owed more than $447 million in state funds, and the state's direct appropriation to the university is 26 percent below what it was 40 years ago, when adjusted for inflation, Chief Financial Officer Walter Knorr said last week.
Fees add about $2,800 to the annual cost at the Urbana-Champaign campus, while room and board is about $9,500 more. Some of the more popular programs cost more: Engineering and business students will pay $15,928 in tuition, for example.
Knorr said last week that about 54 percent of Urbana-Champaign students pay the tuition "sticker price," while about 14 percent have the entire cost covered by financial aid. About 40 percent of UIC students pay sticker price, while about the same percentage pay nothing.