New students who plan to attend Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities will have to pay more for tuition, meals and other expenses next fiscal year.
The WIU Board of Trustees voted during a March 11 meeting to increase tuition, fees, room and meal plan rates for new students. The board also approved a new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, according to a WIU news release.
The 2022-2023 tuition rate for new domestic undergraduate students on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses will increase to $317.18/credit hour. The room and meal plan for incoming residential students at the WIU-Macomb campus also will increase, and fees for incoming WIU-Macomb and Quad Cities students will also increase. Tuition and room and meal plan costs are scheduled to increase by about 3% each.
Last May, the board approved a new fee structure for students at the WIU-Quad Cities campus, which takes an incremental four-year approach.
The WIU Cost Guarantee program ensures that undergraduate students pay the same rate for tuition, fees, room and meal plan for their four years of continuous enrollment. Western’s Cost Guarantee, which was the first in the state, was the model for Illinois’ Tuition Guarantee program.
Today, WIU is the only public university in the state that provides the guaranteed cost structure for not only tuition and fees, but also room and board for undergraduate and transfer students. WIU also offers numerous automatic scholarship incentives.
Complete tuition, fees, room and meal plan information, along with incoming graduate and international student tuition and fees for the 2022-23 academic year, can be found in the board materials here.
The new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be based on the Macomb campus, and led by a director who will report directly to the president.
The board also approved wage reopener agreements with AFSCME Council 31 and Local 417 Clerical Workers and Building Service Workers, representing 74 and 86 employees, respectively, and a bargaining agreement with the IUOE Local Union 399 Landscape Maintenance, representing 10 employees.
The next board meeting will be held June 9-10 at the WIU Multicultural Center on the Macomb campus.