Also on Thursday’s agenda was a measure to set out-of-state tuition costs for domestic students at the same rate as in-state tuition. This, too, was approved without opposition.
According to a news release, out-of-state undergraduate students have been charged about double the in-state tuition rate, with the exception of students from six Midwestern states who pay 40 percent above the in-state rate.
“The high quality of our faculty and academic programs is well-known beyond the borders of Illinois,” Freeman said in a news release. “We want students nationwide to experience our unique brand of hands-on, engaged learning, and we believe elimination of this cost barrier will help us attract more students from across the country.”
This change will apply to all domestic students enrolled as NIU undergraduates or through graduate school beginning with the fall 2018 semester.
Sol Jensen, NIU vice president of enrollment management, marketing and communications, said Illinois has led the nation in population decline in recent years and is one of the largest net exporters of college freshmen to other states. The hope then is to strengthen the state’s workforce by attracting talented individuals who may live and work in the region, he said.
Although the structural changes were approved, actual tuition rates won’t be proposed until December.