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Illinois State University is recommending a tuition freeze for freshmen entering for the 2019-20 academic year.

NORMAL — Tuition rates will remain unchanged for incoming in-state undergraduates in the 2019-20 academic year at Illinois State University if the board of trustees approves a freeze recommended by the administration when the board meets Friday.

The rate would be $384.13 per credit hour. Under Illinois' truth in tuition law, that rate would be guaranteed for four years for students entering this fall.

The administration also is recommending no change in residence hall and dining rates. Those costs depend on the type of room and meal plan a student selects.

Fees would go up $10 per credit hour under the proposal. That increase, combined with a previously approved $16 increase in student health insurance, would bring the cost of attendance to $24,682, an overall increase of $316 or 1.3 percent. That is based on a student taking 15 credit hours in fall and spring, living in a double occupancy room with a standard meal plan.

ISU also froze tuition rates in 2017, along with fees and room and board rates. At the time, universities were struggling to deal with the impact of the state's budget impasse and the freeze was seen as a way “to help restore some faith that has been lost in the state because of the budget impasse,” ISU President Larry Dietz said at the time.

Last year, the board increased tuition and fees, but left residence hall and dining rates the same. It resulted in an overall increase of 1.9 percent in the total cost of attendance.

Eric Jome, director of media relations, said he wasn't sure where these latest costs would put ISU among other public universities in the state, but “generally we've been in the lower half of college costs for Illinois.”

When the board meets at 9 a.m. Friday in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center, it will be doing so with three vacancies on the board. The terms of Rocky Donahue, Bob Churney and Mary Ann Louderback have expired.

At a special meeting on Saturday, the board elected trustee Julie Jones as interim board chairperson and trustee Bob Dobski as interim board secretary, positions previously held by Donahue and Louderback, respectively.

Jones and Dobski will continue to serve until new officers are elected at the board's July meeting.

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Contact Lenore Sobota at (309) 820-3240. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Sobota

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