ISU Board of Trustees sign off on increase to student fees, housing, and meal plans 

Illinois State University leaders approved the increase Friday morning. (Photo courtesy: ISU/Facebook)

By Blake Haas

NORMAL – Board of Trustee members at Illinois State University approved a proposal to increase student fees, housing, and meal plans.

In a meeting Friday morning at the Alumni Center near ISU’s campus, board members approved a 3.6% increase in student fee rates.

Next year, students will pay $117 per credit hour to attend undergraduate and graduate courses.

During the board meeting, board members approved a 3.5% increase in student housing.

Additionally, the board approved a 3.5% increase in room and board across all student housing, including Cardinal Court Apartments.

The fee increases represent higher costs for the University.

Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected].


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