Illinois among most expensive states for college tuition
Illinois is one of the most expensive states to go to college in the U.S., reports the Associated Press.
It has the fifth most expensive in-state college tuition in the nation, AP reports.
The cost of getting a bachelor's degree in Illinois has many worried that students will leave the state to go to college.
Despite the University of Illinois Springfield having lower tuition costs than several other universities in the area, it's still out of reach for many who can't afford to go to school here.
"I couldn't afford to go to UIS," said Jeremie Bailey, Springfield resident. "Lincoln Land was on the table. I filled out some financial information and at that time it was a lot more affordable, but now things are kind of tight."
In 2002, Bailey was the first of his siblings to graduate high school, but he couldn't afford to attend UIS.
He's been piecing together a community college degree since.
It doesn't surprise him that, according to the AP, Illinois is among the most expensive states to go to college.
"It's really disheartening," Bailey said. "There's a lot of publications recently that released information of millennials even leaving because they can't afford to live here."
UIS senior, Edwin Robles, said he knows several people who left Illinois to go to college because of money.
"I think it's pretty sad especially because I'm from Illinois," Robles said. "I think that tuition rates across the country are high. It hurts a lot knowing that the state of Illinois is the fifth in the nation."
UIS Spokesman, Derek Schnapp, said higher tuition in Illinois has many worried students are leaving the state.
"Many of the universities across the state are seeing many students looking across the border, and it's something we need to take care of," Schnapp said. "We want to have our own students here in Illinois. They contribute to the economy."
With tuition at about $9,400 per year, Schnapp says UIS is less expensive than several other universities in central Illinois.
"We actually went up with Illinois residents this past year, enrollment," he said. "Last year 67 percent of our students were from Illinois, this year we're at 72 percent."
Schnapp says he doesn't know why tuition is higher in Illinois.
The associated press reports Illinois is among four states that cut higher education funding over the last two years.
The University of Illinois in Champaign costs about $15,700 per year.
The University of Illinois Chicago costs about $14,800 per year.