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SIU raises tuition two percent for incoming students

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CARBONDALE -- The cost of attending SIU next year will rise.

The board of trustees approved a two-percent increase for new students at the Carbondale campus next year. Tuition will rise by four percent at the Edwardsville campus.

While the increase doesn't affect current students, none that spoke to News 3 Friday liked the idea.

"It's going to be much harder to get in," SIU student Ryan Davis said. "It's already an expensive school and there's not many students here now."

SIU student Luc Sibert said the university has to do more to bring in students so tuition increases aren't necessary.

"Maybe tell people or show people how it is because I have a good time down here," Sibert said. "I think it's fun and I think other people would have a good time, too."

The tuition increase means an undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours per semester would pay $9,637.50 a year, $187.50 more than last year.

Graduate students will see the same two-percent increase.

"Nobody likes to raise tuition but this is a very modest increase of two percent, primarily focused on inflation," SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith said the university is also doing away with most fees and replacing them with a flat fee of $117 per credit hour. That change applies to current students as well.

Goldsmith said there was some confusion about how fees were charged.  

"What we've done is we have uncapped all fees so they're all tied to credit hours and then combined them into one fee that the student will see on their bursar bill," Goldsmith said. "It will reduce a lot of confusion for students."

Goldsmith said the cost depends on the student.

Meanwhile, Sibert hopes the university will put the money to good use and attract more students.

"I know enrollment is decreasing but we've got to get some more students in here so we can get some more money and not increase tuition every year."

And SIU officials hope they won't have to increase tuition again next year, as well.

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