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NIU College of Law to lower out-of-state tuition

A sign hangs outside of Swen Parson Hall, home of the Northern Illinois University law school, on Thursday in DeKalb.
A sign hangs outside of Swen Parson Hall, home of the Northern Illinois University law school, on Thursday in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University’s out-of-state law students currently pay about double the rate charged to their in-state counterparts.

The jury is in, and that’s about to change.

The university’s board of trustees unanimously approved a domestic tuition rate structure for the College of Law that will allow all U.S. residents enrolled in the school to pay the same tuition starting in fall 2018.

Mark Cordes, interim dean of the college, said in a news release that he was excited to see the change.

“We have always prided ourselves on offering an excellent legal education at an affordable price,” he said. “This change improves our value proposition for students outside of Illinois, and this will allow us to better compete for the strongest students across the country.”

In October, the board approved a plan to set out-of-state tuition for nonresidents at the same rate as in-state students starting in the fall 2018 semester. College of Law students, however, were exempt from this proposal.

“Our graduates go on to succeed in all facets of law, from public interest to private practice to corporate law,” Cordes said in the release. “We believe law students across the country will recognize that combination of quality and value, and will be eager join us.”

Tuition and fees for the College of Law will remain at $915.81 a credit hour. Tuition is capped at a little less than $11,000 for students taking 12 or more credit hours.

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