BOT Approves 4.5% All-Costs Increase
June 8, 2012
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 2012 at the board's meeting today (June 8). Tuition, fees and room and board are guaranteed for four years, so students entering in Fall 2012 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 4.6 percent.
Undergraduate students entering Western's Macomb campus in Fall 2012 will be charged $8,012 in annual tuition, based on 15 hours per semester at a $267.07 per credit hour rate ($12.12 more than the Fall 2011 tuition rate of $254.95 per credit hour). The tuition rate is $240.65 per credit hour for students who entered in Fall 2010 and $225.96 per credit hour for students who entered in Fall 2009. Graduate tuition for Macomb campus students entering in Fall 2012 will be $7,068.50, based on 24 credit hours per year ($294.52 per credit hour compared to $281.16 in Fall 2011).
Yearly room and board increases for entering students will be $360 more per year for double occupancy ($8,820 compared to $8,460 for Fall 2011) and $455 more per year for single occupancy ($11,237 compared to $10,782 for Fall 2011). Fees for incoming Western-Macomb students will increase by $99.60 per year for students with a 15-hour schedule per semester ($2,431.50 per year beginning Fall 2012, compared to $2,331.90 per year in Fall 2011 and $2,270.10 in Fall 2010).
Quad Cities undergraduate students will see an all-costs increase of 5.6 percent. Undergraduate students entering Western's Quad Cities campus in Fall 2012 will be charged $8,012 in annual tuition, based on 15 hours per semester at a $267.07 per credit hour rate ($12.12 more than the Fall 2011 tuition rate of $254.95 per credit hour). Graduate tuition for WIU-QC students entering in Fall 2012 will be $7,068.50, 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 $99.60 per year ($696.60 per year in Fall 2012, compared to $597 in Fall 2011).
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 earning an associate's degree. Those students who transfer to WIU the following semester upon completing their associate's degree receive the previous year's Cost Guarantee rates.
"We remain committed to providing an affordable, accessible education to our students. Despite a decrease in state funding and delays in reimbursements from the state, our goal is to keep the all-costs increase as low as possible," said WIU President Jack Thomas. "As prospective students and their families begin thinking about college, we encourage them to take a close look at Western."
The board also approved a recommendation to keep the student health insurance fees at the same rate as Fall 2011 ($738.38 per year).
Western's board also approved a bid of $1.54 million from Trotter General Contracting of Macomb for roof replacements for Browne, Morgan and Waggoner halls and a portion of the University Union, and approved a bid of $23.5 million for re-cladding Thompson Hall (general contractor - $17.1 million, James McHugh Construction Co. of Chicago; heating contractor - $5 million, Ryan & Associates, Inc. of Davenport, IA; ventilation contractor - $319,300, Du-Mont Co. of Peoria, IL; electrical contractor - $325,800, Quick Electrical Contractors of Fairview, IL.).
In other business, the board approved positive tenure recommendations for 24 faculty members; elected officers for the 2012-2013 year; approved the 2012-2022 strategic plan; approved a preliminary spending plan for FY'13; and approved the collective bargaining agreement (through June 2015) with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council.
The WIU Board of Trustees will hold a retreat July 20. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Sept. 21 on the WIU-Macomb campus.