SIU Discusses Tuition And Fee Increases

The SIU Board of Trustees will discuss tuition and fee increases Thursday when they meet in Edwardsville.

The board is considering a proposal to raise tuition three-percent from last fall, or $252 dollars next year per 15 credit hours, according to SIU Spokesperson Rae Goldsmith. She also says fees will increase by about 86 dollars.

Goldsmith says there are a variety of factors when it comes to raising tuition.

“One of them is state resources: The state has been fairly flat in its ability to help us, although its better than it has been," Goldsmith says. "Costs increases, utilities, all of the things anybody needs to plan for and budget for go up.”

She says SIU also needs to remain competitive when hiring and retaining teachers.

“We want to be sure that we are able to recognize the work of our faculty and staff by providing modest increases so that they stay,” Goldsmith says.

One new fee would go towards the Daily Egyptian, SIU’s student-newspaper that has fallen on hard times recently.

“We don't feel comfortable letting the newspaper struggle as it has been because we offer degrees in journalism," Goldsmith says."We think that is an important part of the experience, the practical, hands-on experience you get when working on a print and online journalism product.”

Last year, Daily Egyptian staffers made a plea to the board to help keep the paper afloat with financial assistance due to declining revenue from advertising.

No vote will take place Thursday. Goldsmith says that will likely happen in April.

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