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In an effort to attract academic talent outside Illinois, NIU's Board of Trustees approved a plan to set out-of-state tuition for nonresidents at the same rate as in-state students. This change will be effective for the fall 2018 semester, and will affect new students as well as those already enrolled.
Sol Jensen – NIU vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications – said this is not a new practice, and many other state universities have taken similar measures. Universities in neighboring states also have implemented these changes to entice Illinois students.
"We feel like now is the right time to be making our changes, as well, mainly because of all of the benefits we project NIU to take, including enrollment," Jensen said. "There is literature that shows students are more likely when they graduate to stay in the same state, at least for the early part of their career, so we can bring in more students that could potentially work here."