ISU Board Raises Tuition; Chairman McCuskey Resigns


Tuition at Illinois State University at Normal is going up $7 a credit hour this fall.

The Board of Trustees approved the 2.05% increase on Friday in order to maintain the integrity of education and the student experience at the university.

ISU Trustees meeting at the Bone Student Center on campus also raised on-campus housing costs by 2.5%

The increase raises the cost of a year of tuition, room and board for a fulltime in-state student to about $22,900 a year.  

The tuition increase only affects students starting school in the fall. State law guarantees that students at public universities will pay the same tuition rate for four years.  

Residence hall fees were raised to $5,282 a year for a multiple-occupancy room and $7,130 for a single-occupancy room. 

Also at the meeting, Chairman Mike McCuskey unexpectedly resigned. He says because he's getting older, he wants to try new things.

"I'm 66 this month," said McCuskey. "My dad has kidney failure at 62, died at 70. My uncle died in his 60's. All of the sudden you start thinking, you know you don't last forever. So go out on top."

McCuskey served on the ISU board for ten years and was a key player in the hiring and resignation of former-president Timothy Flanagan. He also resigned from his federal judge position in Champaign on May 30.

(Additional reporting by The Associated Press)

Story source: Illinois Public Radio