Senate passes legislation to increase transparency on college costs
Every public university in the state of Illinois may soon be required report how much students are actually paying in tuition to attend, due to legislation sponsored by State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) and passed by the Illinois Senate on May 16.
“We know that the rising cost of tuition is a major issue for our students, but we need to see accurate data to truly understand the situation,” said Sen. Curran. “This will help us to see the actual impact of tuition costs on students, along with the role of scholarships and other programs, so we can try to develop solutions to keep our college students in the state.”
House Bill 2512 requires public universities to submit a report each year on the actual tuition costs paid by degree seeking students. The report will include the number of students paying no tuition, more than 25% of tuition, 25% - 50%, 50% - 75%, and more than 75%. The costs calculated are what the students actually paid, after scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance.
The legislation passed the Senate unanimously on May 16th, and is now headed to the Governor.