University of Illinois system extends in-state tuition freeze for fifth-straight year

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The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a fifth-straight tuition freeze for in-state freshmen next fall, which extends an affordability initiative for students.

The freeze is now the longest run of back-to-back freezes in more than a half-century. 

U of I trustees also approved 2019-2020 tuition for non-residents that will hold increases to the rate of inflation or less, along with student fees and housing costs for the system’s universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. 

The fifth straight year of unchanged rates for Illinois freshman is the longest since a seven-year freeze from 1962 to 1968. 

Since fall 2014, when in-state tuition last increased, enrollment has reportedly grown by 7,420 students, or 9.4 percent, to a record 85,960 students. That includes 3,345 more Illinois undergraduates, which increased 7.8 percent across the system from the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2018.

The in-state tuition freeze has helped the U of I System lead efforts to halt an outmigration to colleges in other states, which causes long-term harm to the Illinois economy.

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