ISU President Says Tuition Increase is Expected

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The president of Illinois State University says the state's tight budget means tuition may have to be increased for incoming freshmen.

The governor's 2005 budget plan includes a $1.6 million cut to ISU's budget for the fiscal year that starts in July.

ISU President Al Bowman says that means that the university will have to continue its hiring freeze on non-teaching positions and cut other corners. Bowman says ISU students will see fewer services on campus and larger classes.

ISU's Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote in May on a proposal to raise tuition for incoming freshmen. Bowman, however, says the specific amount of the proposed increase hasn't been decided.