March 25, 2005 Volume 20, Number 14
Western Board Approves Tuition, Fee and Room and
Board Hikes For New Students
Western’s Board of
Trustees approved tuition, fees and room and board increases
for students entering the University in Summer and Fall 2005
at the Board’s meeting March 11.
A tuition increase of
9.5 percent for new students only was adopted. The hike is
equivalent to an increase of 3.17 percent per year for those
students, while maintaining the University’s cost guarantee
program. Students entering Western are guaranteed they will
pay the same rate for tuition, fees and on-campus room and
board for their four years of continuous enrollment.
Two other tuition rate
changes were adopted: reducing the out-of-state undergraduate
tuition rate from two times the in-state rate to 1.5 times
the Illinois rate and expanding the number of Iowa and Missouri
border counties considered as in-state for purposes of Illinois
tuition. Border counties added to the in-state rate were Dubuque,
Jackson and Clinton in Iowa and Ralls, Pike and Lincoln in
Missouri. Already considered as in-state for tuition are the
border counties of Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines and
Lee in Iowa and Clark, Lewis and Marion in Missouri.
A 6.5 percent increase
in room and board rates and a fee rate hike of 6.48 percent
for incoming students were also approved by the Board. A facilities
enhancement and life safety fee of $7 per credit hour was also
established for incoming students, effective Fall 2005. The
facilities safety fee resources will be used to fund state-mandated
sprinkler installation in residence halls and other safety
features. The fund may also be used for other student services
facilities, such as a multicultural center.
entering Western in Summer/Fall 2005 will pay $4,968 in annual
tuition, based on 15 hours per semester at a $165.60 per semester
hour rate. The tuition rate is $151.25 per semester hour for
students who entered in Fall 2004, $130.50 per semester hour
for students who entered Fall 2003 and $115.50 per semester
hour for students who entered in Fall 2002.
The room and board increases
for entering students amount to $375 for double occupancy and
$450 annually for single occupancy. The student fee allocation
for incoming Western-Macomb students is an increase of $142.50
per semester for students with a 15-semester hour schedule.
Room, board and fee rates established for entering freshmen
are also guaranteed with tuition through the Western cost guarantee.
The Board approved a five-year
contract with Laidlaw Education Services, Maryville, for
the operation of the University’s GoWest Transit System.
The estimated costs in 2005-2006 are $456,668 for the
contractor to operate the GoWest fleet of 20 buses on nine
routes serving an annual ridership of 1.3 million. A two-year
contract for the purchase of Illinois coal for use in the
Heating Plant was awarded to ICG Illinois of Williamsville
for an estimated
annual cost of $650,000 to purchase coal to generate 1.8
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