Starting with the 2019-2020 academic year, incoming students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign whose families earn less than $61,000 per year will not have to pay tuition.
The new program — called Illinois Commitment — applies to in-state students below the age of 24 starting as freshmen or transfer students. To qualify, students must have attended a high school in the state, and their family’s total assets must be $50,000 or less.
* Part of the interview with Robert Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign…
Jenn White: And what is the cost of tuition right now at U of I?
Jones: Well, it depends on the degree program. But, on average, tuition runs about $15,000 to $16,000 a year depending upon the program.
White: How did you come to that $61,000 threshold for family income?
Jones: Well, it’s based on the median income for families across the state of Illinois.