If you area student or a parent of a student at SIUE, get ready to open your checkbooks.  The Board of Trustees has approved fee increases in a number of areas.  The changes affect housing occupancy rates, information technology, intercollegiate athletics, and textbook rental.  Tuition will go up 5 percent, as opposed to the seven percent recommended by the administration.

The 5 percent increase will set tuition at nearly $7,300, up almost $350 from the current tuition of $6,948 per year.  University spokesman Doug McIlhagga says the administration hopes the increase strikes a balance between their needs and what the students can afford

McIlhagga comments

The textbook rental fee increased 5.1 percent, which officials say is necessary to offset the rising costs of textbooks despite the growing popularity of e-textbooks, which cost almost as much as traditional paper books.  But there is a savings to be had versus schools that require you buy the nooks.  By renting the books, students can expect to save more than $800 a year over, according to McIlhagga.  

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