SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) — For the third straight year, the University of Illinois is not increasing base tuition for incoming freshman. UIS officials said despite hard times for universities across the state, they believe that affordability for quality education is their top priority. They have are holding off on hiring staff to fill openings, but are making due in order to best serve their students.
"Even though, on the one hand, a tuition increase would certainly benefit our budget," UIS Chancellor, Susan Koch, said. "We are going to forgo that increase again this year in the interest of access and affordability."
University of Illinois in Springfield has the lowest tuition rates of its three campuses. It's just over $9,000 for the year. Chancellor Koch said this has helped in student growth each semester.