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U of I Fee Increases

CHAMPAIGN-- University officials announced this week that they would bring proposed student fee increases to the board of trustees when they meet next week. The University regularly assesses its fee structure each year in order to best serve its students.
   
Christophe Pierre, Vice President of Academic Affairs, said, "The fees that we're now proposing are student fees. The fees are relative to services provided to students. And then the other fees are for housing. Undergraduate housing, room and board."

Students were generally receptive to the proposed increases, saying it's just the cost of maintaining current services. Zach Feltman said, "I think with the one percent increase it's justified if labor costs are going up and if it's just needed to cover the labor costs to pay the employees, then I think it's fine to increase it one percent as long as it's not going to profit for them."

Student fees, those used to pay for transportation, the library, and IT services, are expected to rise 1% next year. Housing costs, which include room and board and meal plans, will rise 3%. Pierre says that the University is trying to keep the increases to a minimum. 31,000 people applied for 6,900 spots in the freshman class last year, and he does not expect the higher fees to have a negative effect on this year's applicants.

Said Pierre, "Typically theses are cost increases due to increased staff salaries, utilities, food costs. There are also costs associated with renovations on facilities."