WIU student government votes to increase fees

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Incoming students at Western Illinois University could soon be paying more in students fees starting in fall 2020.

The Student Government Association approved a bill Tuesday night to increase student fees by $1.91. Currently, the 2019-2020 rate is $92.78 per credit hour.  This means the average full time student (15 credit hours per semester) would pay $94.69 per semester, per credit hour.

Overall, for an average full time student, the increase would be $28.65 for 15 credit hours starting in fall 2020.

This increase in fees will go towards student activities, facilities, technology and transit fees. According to the budget breakdown, there will be less student fees funding talent grants, fine arts and athletics.

WIU students only pay fees under certain criteria. Executive Director of Personnel and Finance Affairs Ketra Roselib said only full time students taking face to face classes at the Macomb campus are required to pay the fees. Roselieb said that’s around 3,740 students.

“This number is deceiving in many ways as it’s not the actual headcount of students on the Macomb campus at all,” Roslieb said.

The WIU Board of Trustees will vote on this increase during their next meeting on March 26 and 27.