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University of Illinois to offer free tuition for some in-state students

By Sarah Schulte,

It’s a plan designed to keep more Illinois students in-state for their college education. On Monday, the University of Illinois announced a free tuition offer for residents who may not otherwise be able to afford it.

Eric Quezada is looking forward to being the first in his family to go to college. About to start his senior year in the IB program at Amundsen High School, the 17-year-old said choosing a college will all depend what school offers the most money.

“Colleges offer different deals and you are going to take the best deal, if it means going out of state, we have to go out of state trying to get the best deal,” Quezada said.

Leaving the state has become an option for many Illinois students who have found better deals else where. To stem the tide of quality students leaving, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced it will provide free tuition and campus fees for in-state students whose family income is less than $61,000 a year.


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