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SIU trustees expected to freeze tuition and fees

  • Students finding their way through the SIU Student Services building, shown here at the 2013 opening, might see a freeze in tuition rates.

    Students finding their way through the SIU Student Services building, shown here at the 2013 opening, might see a freeze in tuition rates.
    Carbondale Times file photo

 
SUBMITTED BY JOHN CHARLES
SIU System Director of Government and Public Affairs
updated: 2/7/2020 12:48 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- The SIU Board of Trustees is expected to act on a recommendation to freeze student tuition and fees at its Feb. 13 meeting. According to Board Chairman Phil Gilbert, he and Vice Chairman Ed Hightower have been in discussion with SIU Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook, SIU Carbondale Chancellor John M. Dunn and incoming SIU System President Dan Mahony regarding the importance of holding down costs of tuition and fees for students who are considering an institution in the SIU System for 2020.

"Gov. Pritzker's priority for funding higher education is making this decision easier. The SIU System is committed to affordable tuition and fees for Illinois students. The recommendation to the full SIU Board of Trustees will include a tuition freeze for all undergraduate and graduate programs, including those in the system's four professional schools of dental, law, medicine and pharmacy," Gilbert said.

"We appreciate and support Gov. Pritzker's priority of reversing the downward trend in higher education enrollment and stabilizing the trend of Illinois students leaving the state for other education opportunities," Hightower said.

Mahony, whose appointment as system president begins March 1, said both institutions are focused on recruitment and affordability. "I am pleased to see so many positive steps occurring on both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses toward enrollment and making college affordable for our students and their families," he said.

At the board's December meeting, both campuses reported a potential for more students this fall. SIU Carbondale is reporting applications for first-time freshmen are up more than 27 percent over last year and the number of admitted students is up 21 percent. SIU Edwardsville freshmen applications are up 21 percent and admittance is up 20 percent.