ALTON, Ill. (AP) -- Southern Illinois University's Board of Trustees has voted to hold tuition for next year's incoming students at this year's rates.
Noting that tuition increases totaled 139 percent over nine years, Southern Illinois President Glenn Poshard said the university "can't continue to put the burden on the backs" of low- and middle-income families.
With Thursday's action, new students registering for 15 credit hours in the fall will pay $3,645, or $7,290 for the academic year.
While holding the line on tuition, trustees approved increases in five of 16 student fees.
The rate for a shared residence hall room will be $4,800 for the year, a 2.3 percent increase, with a 19-meal per week plan increasing 2.5 percent to $3,702 a year.
When tuition and all student fees are added together, the total cost for the academic year will be $10,467.
Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com
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