March 26, 2014

DAAC Trustees Approve Tuition, Fee Hikes

Trustees at Danville Area Community College voted unanimously Tuesday night to raise tuition by 2 dollars per credit hour, and the college’s universal fee by three dollars.

DAAC President Alice Jacobs says that starting this summer, the new per-credit-hour tuition rate at DACC will be $110 for in-district students, while their fee will be at $15. Fees at the Danville college are being raised for the first time since 2010, while the new  $2 tuition increase compares to a $10 tuition increase last year. Combined, Jacobs says the $5 in tuition and fee hikes will raise approximately $200,000.

One major reason for the increases is due to expected cuts in state funding, due to the scheduled rollback next year of the three-year-old state income tax.

But Jacobs says that even with the tuition and fee increases, Danville Area Community College would find it “very challenging” to absorb state funding decreases of 10 to 20 percent.

“We may have to look at eliminating some positions”, said Jacobs. “We certainly would not want to do that. But we would have to review our budget situation very carefully.”

Jacobs says a cut in state funding would make it difficult for DAAC to continue its recent progress in improving student success outcomes.

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to propose making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent in his budget address Wednesday in Springfield.

Jacobs says if that results in state funding levels staying where they are for higher education, it would certainly make conditions “less challenging” for Danville Area Community College’s budget.

September 08, 2013

U Of I Starts Up Online Application

The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign has launched its new online application early.

The News-Gazette reports Sunday that the online application was officially supposed to debut Sept. 1, but it went live ahead of schedule on Aug. 28.

The application includes a section where students fill in their own high school courses and grades. The campus will require an official transcript if a student decides to enroll.

University admissions director Stacey Kostell says the school created the online application to offer a better "user experience.'' She says the school hopes it will improve recruitment and increase the percent of students who accept University of Illinois admissions offers.

Students still have to provide all the same information the school collected before along with completing two essay questions.

April 28, 2013

U of I Sees Record Number of Applications

A record number of applications have been submitted to the University of Illinois for the coming school year.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports ( that the number hit 33,178. That's almost 2,000 more than last year.

The newspaper reports that applications were up in all categories - among Illinois residents, out-of-state students and international students.

Stacey Kostell is director of undergraduate admissions.  She says the university is especially happy with the numbers of in-state applicants, which made up slightly more than half of the total.
She says that's seen as a success because it comes at a time when the state's demographics mean there are fewer high school graduates in Illinois this year.

Kostell says making sure students in Illinois still consider the university an option is very important.

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