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U of I Promises To Cover Tuition For Middle Income Illinois Families

(CBS) -- The University of Illinois will pay for eight semesters of tuition for incoming freshmen who are Illinois residents and meet certain income requirements.

The program, called Illinois Commitment, will take effect in the fall of 2019, and the entering freshman class and transfer students will be eligible.

Admitted in-state students with a family income of $61,000 or less will come to Illinois tuition-free starting in Fall 2019.

Posted by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Monday, August 27, 2018

The university says it will provide financial awards to cover the tuition and campus fees for in-state students whose family income is less than $61,000, the current median family income in Illinois.

University officials said the program was created because too many students said cost and lack of financial aid was forcing them to go to university out-of-state.

"We're acutely aware that a number of students in our state who could be part of the Illinois family never even consider applying, simply because they don't believe that they could afford to attend the Urbana campus," Robert J. Jones, the chancellor of the Urbana campus, said in a statement.

The program will not affect the federal and state aid available to other Urbana campus students.

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