ISU tuition goes up

Parents react to rise in ISU tuition

By Chris Lovingood

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 6:42 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois State University approved a 1.9 percent in tuition for incoming freshman today.

University representatives say the increase will go towards various needs for the school, and that only a fraction of the students will actually feel the impact.

"This increase is only for about 25 to 30 percent of the students at ISU," said Jay Groves, the University's Chief of Staff. "All the other students that are continue pay the same tuition they started paying."

Some parents say the increase is still a bit steep.

Glad it's only one point nine," said Darryl Thomas. "but even one point nine is still a considerable increase."

But others are finding it to be a relief because they thought it would be more.

"Two point one percent or possibly higher," Susan Sheets. "So one point nine isn't as bad as we anticipated"

School may have just ended for students just a few weeks ago, but those coming into ISU are already thinking about the new increase...like Molly Rumler.

She's helping her parents pick up the tab.

"I do have to pay a third of it," said Molly, "but I wish it would go down. I did assume it would go up a little bit."

But even though tuition will now be more than expected, Molly's mom's is alright with it affecting her budget.

"It'll put a strain on it," said Shelly, "but I will find a way to help her pay for her college education."

The university has so far received more than 15,000 applications for attendance.

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