Illinois State University senior Michael Goodman, an admissions tour ambassador, tells potential incoming students about the campus during a November 2017 tour.

NORMAL — New in-state undergraduate students entering Illinois State University this fall will pay $384.13 per credit hour, a 3.75 percent increase over the rate for students who started in the 2016-17 school year, following board of trustees' action Friday.

The new rate only applies to incoming students. Under the state's truth-in-tuition law, it is guaranteed through summer 2022. Mandatory student fees will go up 0.54 percent to $82.28 per credit hour.

Tuition for out-of-state undergraduate students and in-state and out-of-state graduate student rates also are going up 3.75 percent.

The increases in tuition and fees are expected to bring in an additional $2.2 million to the university, according to Dan Stephens, vice president for finance and planning.

Residence hall and dining rates were not changed. Those charges depend on the type of room and the type of meal plan a student selects.

The rates set Friday represent an overall increase of 1.9 percent over the previous year's cost, with a total cost of attendance of $24,366 for a student taking 15 credit hours a semester.

That also includes a $26 increase in student health insurance, from $498 to $524, that was approved in February. That can be waived if students show proof of other insurance.

President Larry Dietz said the total puts ISU's cost in eighth place among the state's 12 public universities.

“Our commitment to college affordability remains strong,” said Dietz, who emphasized that a lack of state support can't be allowed to affect the quality of education at ISU.

The vote to increase tuition and fees was unanimous but several board members expressed frustration with diminished state support.

Board Chairman Rocky Donahue noted that the university is trying to get back to the state funding level it had in fiscal year 2015, even though that figure is $20 million less than what the university received in state funding in FY 1992.

“That funding model is unsustainable,” he said.

New out-of-state undergraduate students will pay $768.26 per credit hour in 2018-19.

The in-state graduate tuition rate will be $403.59 per credit hour and the out-of-state graduate tuition rate will go to $838.30 per credit hour.

Residence hall rates range from $2,667 to $4,134 and Cardinal Court apartment rates range from $4,148 to $5,802 a semester. Dining rates range from $2,180 to $2,307.

In other action, the board authorized the first phase of renovations to Julian Hall to provide laboratories and classrooms for the fast-growing cybersecurity program.

Funding for the $750,000 first phase will come from university funds and a grant from State Farm Insurance Cos., which helped launch the cybersecurity program.

The university had expected about 75 cybersecurity majors but currently has 150 students in the program.

The board also approved $4.6 million in additional funding for repairs to and renovation of the Milner Library plaza. The board authorized $1.9 million for the project in July 2016, but significant and previously unknown damage was discovered that requires structural repairs.

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