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Southern Illinois University to hike tuition for incoming freshman

University spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said this was a decision the board has grappled with over the past several months.(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) University spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said this was a decision the board has grappled with over the past several months.(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Southern Illinois University System Board voted on Thursday to hike tuition for incoming undergraduate freshman by 5 percent for students attending the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses.

University spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said this was a decision the board has grappled with over the past several months.

“We take pride in being accessible and affordable,” Goldsmith said. “But we also think this tuition increase keeps us in a good space relative to our competitors.”

Since Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proposed 31.5 percent cut state funding for the University. SIU system administrators have been working to find a way to make meet that proposed budget.

The tuition increase is the first direct course of action the University has taken since the Governor's proposed budget was released.

Earlier this year, SIU system President Randy Dunn said the proposed appropriations could have a more than $500 million effect on the downstate economy.

The University is undergoing exercises to see what effect an up to 50 percent cut would have to offices considered “non-essential” to the University's core academic mission.

Illinois lawmakers are expected to have a budget by sometime in May, but in the past the budget decision has been pushed past May.

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