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CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Ill. (IRN) — Tuition at the University of Illinois is going up but not by much.

University of Illinois trustees Thursday voted to raise tuition for in-state students starting school this fall by 1.7 percent. It is the smallest increase in almost two decades.

Undergraduate tuition at the Urbana-Champaign campus will increase $198 to $11,834 a year. Chicago campus undergraduates will see an increase of $174 to $10,406. And tuition in Springfield will increase $157.50 to $9,247.50. Increases won’t affect current students. State law guarantees students at public universities will pay the same tuition for four years. The coming increase is the smallest in terms of percentage since 1994. Recent increases have been as high as 9.5 percent.

Trustees also raised housing costs to $9,979 a year in Urbana-Champaign, $10,261 in Chicago and $10,350 in Springfield. U of I spokesman Tom Hardy says the housing increase basically keeps up with inflation.

The board also voted to retain Christopher Kennedy as chairman of the board. He has been chairman since he was appointed to the board by the governor in 2009.

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