EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved a 5 percent tuition hike for incoming undergraduate students next year.

Tuition will increase by $366 for Illinois residents, bringing tuition totals to $7,662 for in-state students and about $21,740 in tuition and fees for out-of-state students, according to Doug McIlhagga, executive director for University Marketing and Communications.

However, the tuition bills for existing students will remain unchanged.

Students from Missouri, Iowa and five other nearby states pay the same rate as their Illinois classmates.

Board Chairman Randal Thomas says school officials don’t want to raise tuition, but it must be done since Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed cutting state university funding by 31.5 percent next year.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports the tuition hike is expected to generate an additional $162,000 in revenue for the school.

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