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January 18, 2018   

U of I System freezes in-state tuition for fourth straight year
Longest freeze in 40 years seeks to keep Illinois students in Illinois

CHICAGO – The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted Thursday to freeze tuition for in-state freshmen next fall for the fourth straight year, extending an affordability initiative that seeks to help keep more talented students in Illinois for college.

The freeze for the U of I System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign matches the longest consecutive freeze in more than four decades, since a four-year run of flat rates from 1974-1977.

President Tim Killeen said holding the line on costs for Illinois undergraduates is critical to stem an exodus that has left Illinois second only to New Jersey in the net number of students lost to colleges in other states. In 2016, 46 percent of college-bound high school graduates in Illinois enrolled out of state, up from 29 percent in 2002.

“Turning the tide is crucial to Illinois’ future, based on studies that show most college graduates stay in the state where they earned their degrees. And since the tuition freeze began, the U of I System has been helping lead the way,” Killeen said.

In-state undergraduate enrollment across the system has increased 5.2 percent, up by more than 2,200 students from the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2017. Total system-wide enrollment has increased 6.6 percent to a record 83,711 students over that time.

Under the extended freeze, base tuition for in-state undergraduates next fall will match rates that have held steady since the 2014-15 academic year – $12,036 a year in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago, and $9,405 in Springfield. There also will be no change to tuition differentials for academic units at any of the universities. Differentials cover the additional costs of providing the highest-quality education in selected areas of study.

Tuition rates for incoming Illinois students will remain unchanged for four years under the state’s guaranteed tuition law, enacted to help students plan ahead by fixing tuition rates at public universities for the four years required to complete most undergraduate degree programs.

“That means that an in-state student who enrolls next fall would pay the same rate when she graduates in 2022 as her older sister paid when she entered the U of I System in 2014,” Killeen said.

For out-of-state and international freshmen, tuition will increase by 1.6 percent next fall in Urbana-Champaign. International students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences also will pay a new $750 per semester differential that will be used to fund program initiatives and scholarships for first-generation, under-represented and need-based Illinois students.

In Chicago, base tuition will increase by 1.5 percent for most out-of-state freshmen and by 1.4 percent for those who qualify under a program for high-achieving, out-of-state students. International rates will increase by 1.6 percent.

Rates for non-resident freshmen will remain unchanged in Springfield.

Tuition will increase for some graduate and professional programs in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago, but would remain at current levels in Springfield.

Killeen said rates for the 2018-19 academic year reflect a commitment to student affordability and access that was reaffirmed in a new Strategic Framework adopted in 2016 that sets high-aspiration goals to build on the U of I System’s service to students and the public good.

Nationwide, tuition and fees rose by an average 3.1 percent at four-year public colleges and universities for the current academic year, based on the latest survey by the College Board, a non-profit association representing U.S. colleges and universities. Along with the tuition freeze, mandatory fee increases of less than 1 percent have been proposed for next year across the U of I System.

During the first three years of the U of I freeze, tuition and fees have increased by an average 9 percent among four-year public colleges and universities, according to the College Board.

Undergraduate fees/housing

The board also approved mandatory student fees and room-and-board rates for the 2018-19 academic year.

Fees exclude transportation fees and optional student health insurance rates, which will be set in the spring. Fees approved Thursday help fund costs such as operating campus recreational facilities, student unions, career services, athletics, counseling centers and libraries, and also help with facility maintenance, renovations and utilities.

Those mandatory fees will increase 0.7 percent, or $20, to $3,058 a year in Urbana-Champaign. In Chicago, fees will increase 0.4 percent, or $14, to $3,146 a year. There are no new increases in Springfield, though annual fees will increase by $200 next year to $2,426. The UIS increase reflects the first full year of a student-approved fee to help finance a new student union that opened Sunday. The fee takes effect with the spring 2018 semester, and will be assessed for fall and spring semesters beginning in 2018-19.

Proposed undergraduate room-and-board costs will stay at current levels in Urbana-Champaign, where the standard double-occupancy room and meal plan will remain at $10,612 per year. Similar to the guaranteed four-year tuition policy, room-and-board costs in Urbana-Champaign are locked in for up to four years if students continue to live in campus residence halls.

In Chicago, the cost for a standard double-occupancy room and meal plan will increase 1 percent to $11,070 per year. In Springfield, a standard housing and gold meal plan will remain unchanged at $10,810 per year. 


The board approved the appointment of Andreas Cangellaris as vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served in the role in a designate capacity since Jan. 16.

Cangellaris had served as dean of Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering since 2013, and earlier was head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the faculty in 1997, and will continue as the M.E. Van Valkenburg Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he earned his undergraduate degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California-Berkeley.

Trustees also approved the appointment of Tamer Basar as interim dean of the College of Engineering during a national search for a permanent successor to Cangellaris.

Basar, who joined the Urbana-Champaign faculty in 1981, is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Study.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University.

The board also approved the appointment of Michael B. Zenn as chief executive officer of the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics, effective Feb. 1.

Zenn joined the hospital and clinics as chief financial officer in 2015, and also has served as interim chief ambulatory officer since 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Michigan.

He succeeds Avijit Ghosh, who resigned as hospital CEO last year and is currently serving as interim chief financial officer for the U of I System. Robert Barish, vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has served on an interim basis since Sept. 1.

Zenn will lead a clinical enterprise that is part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and includes a nearly 500-bed hospital, 22 outpatient clinics and 13 federally qualified health centers.

Trustees also approved the appointment of Glen T. Schumock as dean of the College of Pharmacy at UIC. He has served in a designate capacity since Jan. 1 and succeeds Jerry L. Bauman, who retired Dec. 31.

Schumock has served as head of UIC’s Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy since 2014 and has been a professor in the College of Pharmacy since 2000.

He also is the founding director of the UIC Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeonomic Research, which he led from 2002-2013.

He earned a PhD in epidemiology and an MBA from UIC, a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Washington, and a bachelor of pharmacy from Washington State University.

The board also approved the appointment of Theresa E. Mintle as interim vice chancellor for public and government affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has served in a designate capacity since Dec. 11 and will continue in the role during a national search for a permanent vice chancellor.

Mintle has more than 30 years of experience in government and government affairs, and most recently served as president and chief executive officer of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. She also is a former assistant director in the Office of Government Relations for the U of I System.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master of public administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The University of Illinois System is a world leader in research and discovery, the largest educational institution in the state with more than 83,000 students, nearly 25,000 faculty and staff, and universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I System awards more than 22,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.