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June 7, 2013


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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees approved a 4.5 percent increase in all-costs (tuition, fees and room and board) for new undergraduate students on the
WIU-Macomb campus in Fall 2013 at the board's meeting today (June 7). Tuition, fees and room and board are guaranteed for four years, so students entering in Fall 2013 will not see any change in their total costs. The all-costs increase averages approximately 1.13 percent per year. Last year's all-costs increase was also 4.5 percent.

Undergraduate students entering Western's Macomb campus in Fall 2013 will be charged $8,405.40 in annual tuition, based on 15 hours per semester at a $280.18 per credit hour rate ($13.11 more than the Fall 2012 tuition rate of $267.07 per credit hour). The tuition rate is $254.95 per credit hour for students who entered in Fall 2011 and $240.65 per credit hour for students who entered in Fall 2010. Graduate tuition for Macomb campus students entering in Fall 2013 will be $7,415.04, based on 24 credit hours per year ($308.96 per credit hour compared to $294.52 in Fall 2012).

Yearly room and board increases for entering students will be $370 more per year for double occupancy ($9,190 compared to $8,820 for Fall 2012) and $485 more per year for single occupancy ($11,722 compared to $11,237 for Fall 2012). Fees for incoming Western-Macomb students will increase by $103.20 per year for students with a 15-hour schedule per semester ($2,534.70 per year beginning Fall 2013, compared to $2,431.50 per year in Fall 2012 and $2,331.90 in Fall 2011).

Quad Cities undergraduate students will see an all-costs increase of 4.63 percent. Undergraduate students entering Western's Quad Cities campus in Fall 2013 will be charged $8,405.40 in annual tuition, based on 15 hours per semester at a $280.18 per credit hour rate ($13.11 more than the Fall 2012 tuition rate of $267.07 per credit hour). Graduate tuition for WIU-QC students entering in Fall 2013 will be $7,415.04, based on 24 credit hours per year. The fee schedule for new WIU-Quad Cities undergraduate students with a 15-hour schedule per semester will increase by $9.90 per year ($706.50 per year in Fall 2013, compared to $696.60 in Fall 2012).

In 1999, Western established a University Cost Guarantee program in which 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. Western's Cost Guarantee is the only public university program in Illinois that provides no increases in room and board, in addition to the Illinois statutory requirement of guaranteed four-year tuition rates. Western Illinois also offers the Cost Guarantee to graduate students enrolled in a degree program, as well as to transfer students.

In other business, the board approved the University's preliminary spending plan of $242 million; positive tenure recommendations for 22 faculty members (see separate release); elected officers for the 2013-2014 year (see separate release); the termination of a tenured employee; and revisions for coaches' benefits [requiring coaches, who are considered temporary employees, to use accumulated vacation leave within the year it is accrued and payment will not be received for unused vacation leave at the end of his/her term] and employee sick leave benefits [administrative and civil services employees require that cumulative sick days shall be used in the following order: pre-Jan. 1, 1984; post-Dec. 31, 1997; Jan. 1, 1984-Dec. 31, 1997].

The board also approved an increase in student health insurance fees, from $738 to $826 per year. Western has moved from a self-insured program to a fully-insured program, which will provide additional benefits for students and will meet the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A contract has been awarded to Academic Health Plans, with the new plan, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, will go into effect Aug. 1.

In addition, the board approved a favorable evaluation of President Jack Thomas' performance, and voted to provide a 3.5% salary increase (FY'13 salary $254,508). Thomas has elected to return the pay increase to the University to be used for scholarships.

The WIU Board of Trustees will hold a retreat July 12 in Macomb. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Oct. 11 on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Posted By: WIU News (U-Relations@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations