New Report Gives Illinois, Many Other States 'F' in Affordability

UNDATED (AP) - A new, independent report on higher education is giving a failing grade to Illinois and 42 other states when it comes to affordability.

But the biennial study by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education gave Illinois As and Bs in all other categories. The report found that Illinois is among the top states in terms of enrolling college-age students in higher education.

The report card uses various measurements to grade states on the performance of their public and private colleges. The affordability grade is based on how much of the average family's income it costs to go to college.

The report found that in Illinois, expenses at a public four-year college in 1992 cost 25 percent of the average family income. This year, those expenses jumped to 35 percent.