Even though the Illinois legislature agreed to maintain higher education funding at current levels, challenges remain for public universities.
The cost of attending Western Illinois University will go up 4.5% this fall for incoming students.
During their meeting in Moline, the school’s Board of Trustees members approved raising tuition, fees, and room and board for the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.
Budget Director Matt Bierman said although the state legislature agreed to hold higher education funding level this year, the state nonetheless deserves part of the blame for the rising costs.
Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas told a standing room only crowd in the University Union that WIU takes pride in having avoided layoffs and furloughs despite the state’s financial woes over the past decade.