When Eastern Illinois University 's Board of Trustees meets Monday (April 24), its members plan to consider increases in tuition and student fees, thus finalizing student costs for the 2006-2007 school year.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom, located in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union
Students who began attending Eastern either in Fall 2004 or Fall 2005 will continue to pay $137.75 or $154.30, respectively, per semester hour, a "locked-in" rate which will not change during the estimated time they will attend Eastern in order to receive their baccalaureate degree.
This policy was developed in accordance with provisions of State of Illinois Public Act 93-0228 (110 ILCS 665/10-120) (a.k.a., "Truth in Tuition Law"), which provides that tuition for new undergraduate Illinois resident students will remain the same for four continuous academic years. (The guaranteed rate is extended - on a limited basis - for those undergraduate degree programs approved by the university for completion in more than four years.)
If rates are approved as presented, undergraduate students new to the university in Fall 2006 will pay $173.55 per semester hour for the duration of their time at Eastern. For students with an average 15-hour course load, this rate will total $2,603.25 per semester.
Tuition for continuing, non-guaranteed students ( Illinois undergraduates) will pay $147.55 per semester hour, an increase of $10.30. For students with an average 15-hour course load, this rate will total $2,213.25 per semester.
Illinois graduate students will pay $169.40 per semester hour, an increase of $18.85.
Recommended student fees will see students enrolled with 12 semester hours paying a full-time rate of approximately $700 per semester (exact cost dependent on the course load of each individual student). This does not include a $101.95 health and accident insurance fee (assessed for all students taking nine or more hours), nor a textbook rental fee of $7.95 per semester hour.