St. Louis Public Radio News
11:51 am
Thu May 29, 2003

IL Gen. Assembly Passes Tuition Cap Measure

Springfield, ILL. – Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at curbing escalating tuition costs at public colleges and universities.

The measure headed to the governor would freeze each student's tuition. A senior, for example, would pay the same tuition he or she paid as a freshman.

Schools would still be able to increase tuition; but those hikes would only apply to each new class of freshmen.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he supports the idea of a tuition cap. Illinois universities have been raising tuition sharply, in part, because the state has reduced support for higher education.