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Affordable public universities worth itJan 23, 2014

A statistic that popped up Thursday in Springfield shed discouraging light on the soaring cost of public higher education in Illinois. In its annual report, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities said it now costs Illinoisans less to attend and support private colleges and universities than their public counterparts, after public subsidies are taken into account.

Oh, and in other news Thursday, tuition for new students is going up again at the University of Illinois after a board vote — a 1.7 percent bump for in-state undergraduates or about 86 percent more than a decade ago.

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My View: Independent colleges key to futureJan 25, 2014

These are trying times for higher education in Illinois and around our country. Colleges and universities must continue to provide higher quality educational opportunities for more students with limited resources, and help students afford college without going too far into debt. Illinois' independent colleges and universities are stepping up to meet the challenge and the results are really encouraging.

Our association, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, represents nearly 60 private, nonprofit institutions around the state. Many of these schools are small and provide students a unique educational experience, specialized to their interests and geared to help them move along their chosen career path with great success.

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David Tretter: Independent colleges bring value to IllinoisJan 30, 2014

These are trying times for higher education in Illinois and around our country. Colleges and universities must continue to provide higher quality educational opportunities for more students with limited resources and help students afford college without going too far into debt.

Illinois’ independent colleges and universities are stepping up to meet the challenge, and the results are encouraging.

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Private Colleges Issue ReportJan 23, 2014

The private colleges of Illinois –from Northwestern to McKendree and everywhere in between – are trying to make their voices heard. About 60 institutions are in the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, which has issued a new report to the governor and legislature. In addition to wanting some attention for themselves, the mostly small colleges want to urge lawmakers to continue the MAP – Monetary Assistance Program.

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Private colleges plead their caseJan 23, 2014

http://www.illinoishomepage.net/story/private-colleges-plead-their-case/d/story/FC5uBihT1EOs0NlBq23P1g

 

Private colleges plead their caseJan 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The cost of attending a four-year university is rising faster for public institutions than private ones, say private college representatives.

Despite rising prices for both public and private universities, the gap separating them is shrinking, according to a report issued Thursday by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.

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Report says college price gap shrinkingJan 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The cost of attending a four-year university is rising faster for public institutions than private ones, say private college representatives.

Despite rising prices for both public and private universities, the gap separating them is shrinking, according to a report issued Thursday by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.

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Report: State sees continued benefits from private collegesJan 23, 2014

Private colleges and universities reported a continued robust economic and social impact on Illinois with minimal taxpayer investment, according to a report released Thursday by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges & Universities.

FIICU president David Tretter said that while higher education has not been immune from Illinois’ dire fiscal straits, private institutions continue to save the state money while still educating its students and providing jobs for citizens.

Tretter said more than 62,000 people are employed by Illinois’ 59 private colleges, where more than 231,000 students are enrolled.

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Bang for the buck at Ill. private collegesJan 26, 2014

These are trying times for higher education in Illinois and around our country. Colleges and universities must continue to provide higher-quality educational opportunities for more students with limited resources, and help students afford college without going too far into debt. Illinois’ independent colleges and universities are stepping up to meet the challenge and the results are really encouraging.

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MAP grant race starts for college students around IllinoisJan 26, 2014

Every year college students around Illinois race to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive Monetary Award Programs (MAP) grants from the state. MAP grants are given on a first-come, first-served basis with funds often running out before the official application deadline. Because of this, DePaul has taken efforts to ensure that students know they need to apply as quickly as possible.

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