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WIU: The Right Choice

January 10, 2017

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- At a time when many colleges and universities across the nation are raising tuition, Western Illinois University has opted to keep its tuition rate at the same level for incoming students.

At the Dec. 16, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, the WIU Board voted to keep the 2017-2018 tuition rate unchanged from the current academic year. One year ago, at its December 2015 meeting, in an unprecedented move considering the state's ongoing budget impasse, the Board voted to reduce undergraduate tuition by three percent.

The 2017-2018 tuition rate for incoming domestic undergraduate students will remain at last year's rate of $8,541 annually ($284.70 per credit hour, based on 30 credit hours). The 2017-2018 tuition rate for new graduate students will remain unchanged at $323.64 per credit hour.

"We will not allow reduced state funding to become a tuition burden on our students. We are dedicated to providing educational opportunities for all citizens, and we will remain an affordable public higher education institution," said President Jack Thomas following the December 2016 meeting.

The 2017-2018 Cost Guarantee rates (fees, room and meal plan) will be considered at the March 2017 Board meeting. The WIU Cost Guarantee program ensures that students will pay the same rate for tuition, fees, room and meal plan for their four years of continuous enrollment. Western's Cost Guarantee is the only public university program in Illinois that provides no increases in room and meal plan, in addition to the Illinois statutory requirement of guaranteed four-year tuition rates. Western Illinois also offers the Cost Guarantee to graduate students enrolled in a degree program, as well as to transfer students earning an associate degree.

"Prospective students and their families, and our state, need higher education to be affordable," Thomas added. "Students deserve access to the quality education Western Illinois University provides. At a time when other universities are raising costs for incoming, and even current, students, Western Illinois University continues to be a leader in affordability, ensuring that qualified students have access to a college education."

WIU admissions staff will continue to visit local high schools and community colleges throughout the state during the Spring 2017 semester, and prospective students can also attend Discover Western events at the Macomb campus Feb. 20 or April 1. A Discover Western-Quad Cities will be held at the Moline campus March 4.

To register, visit Daily tours are also available. Contact Admissions at or toll free at (877) PICKWIU.

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