University Staff in Illinois Could Lose Tuition Break

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

State legislators citing the state's budget woes may end a perk allowing permanent employees at Illinois universities to send their children to public colleges for half the usual price.

Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, says he's moving to end the tuition break because Illinois can't afford it. He claimed in a hearing last week that the annual price tag is more than $300 million. The Board of Higher Education says waivers actually cost a little over $8 million last year.

The House Executive Committee approved the proposal 9-2, sending it to the full House.

Arroyo did not respond to messages seeking comment Monday.

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