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Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Tuition and Fees

Domestic Undergraduate Tuition Structure Change – Effective Fall 2017


The SIU Board of Trustees (BOT) approved a change in the SIU Carbondale undergraduate tuition structure for the 2017-2018 school year.


What is the new Undergraduate Tuition Structure for Fall 2017 and beyond?

The most exciting tuition news for undergraduates is for those domestic students who are not Illinois residents:  Out-of-state domestic undergraduate students will now be charged the resident (in-state) tuition rate starting Fall 2017.  This change to undergraduate tuition applies not only to incoming domestic undergraduates who start Fall 2017 or later, but also to continuing and re-entering domestic undergraduates who started prior to Fall 2017.  This change will also affect the use of various Alternate Tuition Rates (ATRs) that some undergraduates would otherwise have qualified for prior to this change.  Please see the Questions section below for more information.

International undergraduate students will continue to be subject to paying a tuition rate that is 2.5 times that of domestic undergraduate students.  Undergraduate students within the College of Business will continue to pay their appropriate differential tuition surcharge as well.


Questions about the new Undergraduate Tuition Structure and ATRs.

1.  I am a domestic, non-resident, undergraduate student who qualifies for the Border State ATR in-state equivalent tuition rate because I am from one of the nearby states.  How will this change affect me?
This change in and of itself will not affect you, because, in Fall 2017 and later, you will still be charged the applicable in-state tuition rate.1

2.  I am a domestic, non-resident, undergraduate student who qualifies for the High Achievers ATR in-state equivalent tuition rate because of my academic performance prior to SIUC.  How will this change affect me?
This change in and of itself will not affect you, because, in Fall 2017 and later, you will still be charged the applicable in-state tuition rate.1

3.  I am a domestic, non-resident, undergraduate student who qualifies for the Veterans/Military ATR in-state equivalent tuition rate because of my prior US military service.  How will this change affect me?
This change in and of itself will not affect you, because, in Fall 2017 and later, you will still be charged the applicable in-state tuition rate.1

4.  I am a domestic, resident or non-resident, undergraduate student who qualifies for the Active Duty Military ATR tuition rate because of my current US military service.  How will this change affect me?
This change in and of itself will not affect you, because – whether you are a resident or non-resident – in Fall 2017 and later you will still be charged a tuition rate that is the maximum allowable benefit per credit hour provided by the Department of Defense's Military Tuition Assistance Program.2

5.  I am a domestic, non-resident, undergraduate student who qualifies for the Legacy ATR tuition rate because my parent or legal guardian graduated from SIUC.  How will this change affect me?
This change will affect you in a good way.  Since you apparently did not qualify for any other ATR, you are paying 80% of the applicable out-of-state tuition rate.  However, starting Fall 2017, you will be paying 80% of the applicable in-state tuition rate.2

6.  I am a domestic, resident, undergraduate student who qualifies for the Legacy ATR tuition rate because my parent or legal guardian graduated from SIUC.  How will this change affect me?
This change in and of itself will not affect you, because, in Fall 2017 and later, you will still be charged 80% of the applicable in-state tuition rate.2

7.  I am a domestic, resident, undergraduate student who qualifies for the Southern Stars ATR tuition rate prior to Fall 2017 because of my high school academic performance, my financial situation, and my location.  How will this change affect me?
This change in and of itself will not affect you, because, in Fall 2017 and later, you will still be charged 80% of the applicable in-state tuition rate.3

8.  I am a domestic, resident, undergraduate student who qualifies for the Southern Stars ATR tuition rate because of my high school academic performance, my financial situation, and my location, but I will not be starting at SIUC until Fall 2017 or later.  How will this change affect me?
We are sorry, but the Southern Stars ATR tuition rate will no longer be offered to students who start at SIUC in Fall 2017 or later.  However, you will still qualify for an in-state tuition rate.3

9.  I am a domestic, non-resident, undergraduate student and originally qualified for two ATRs – one of which is the Legacy ATR – but I could only use one of them (per SIUC policy).  Thus, I am using the ATR that is not the Legacy ATR because it is more advantageous to my tuition rate.  How will this change affect me?
This change will affect you in a good way.  Since the Border State ATR or the High Achievers ATR will no longer need to be used for you (given the domestic undergraduate tuition change noted on this page), and because you appropriately applied for the Legacy ATR and were found to qualify for it, starting in Fall 2017 you will now be coded for the Legacy ATR and will be charged 80% of the applicable in-state tuition rate.4

10.  I am a domestic undergraduate student and, according to the BOT policies, I would be considered a non-resident.  However, several of the above answers talk about paying an in-state tuition rate starting Fall 2017.  Does that mean I will automatically be considered by SIUC to be an Illinois resident starting Fall 2017?
No.  The BOT policies concerning Illinois residency status have not changed.  There may be certain advantages to having Illinois residency status, and non-residents would have to go through the process of qualifying for and applying for that status (more information about that is here).  If you do that, then you may be able to have that status in time for Fall 2017, or else for a subsequent term.  But having Illinois residency status will not be necessary for a domestic undergraduate student to be charged an applicable in-state tuition rate.

11.  I am an international undergraduate student.  How will this change affect me?
This change will not apply to you.  You will continue to be charged the appropriate tuition rate that you would be charged if this change had not gone into effect.  Some new international undergraduate students will still be able to qualify for one of the previously-noted ATRs.5

12.  I am a graduate student (or a Law student or a Medical student).  How will this change affect me?
This change will not apply to you.  You will continue to be charged the appropriate tuition rate that you would be charged if this change had not gone into effect.  Some new graduate students will still be able to qualify for one of the previously-noted ATRs.6

13.  Several of the above answers start with the phrase, "this change in and of itself will not affect you."  What does that mean?
Since most undergraduates who started in Fall 2004 or later are subject to guaranteed tuition for a period of time, they need to keep in mind that their tuition will not normally increase during years 1 through 4, then it may increase a little for years 5 and 6, and then it may increase annually after year 6 if they are still undergraduates.  On its own, the domestic undergraduate tuition change noted on this page will not affect your tuition rate, but if it coincides with the end of your 4th year or the end of your 6th (or later) year, then your tuition rate may be affected.  Or, if the domestic undergraduate tuition change noted on this page coincides with the changing of your major into or out of the College of Business (CoB) – due to CoB's "differential tuition" – then your tuition rate may be affected.

14.  There are references throughout this page to a "domestic" student.  What exactly is a "domestic" student?
A U.S. citizen or a U.S. national of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or an applicable U.S. territory7 is a domestic student.  Also, one who is designated as a Permanent Resident, one who holds Temporary Protected status, one who holds Asylee status, or one who holds an H4 or K4 visa will be considered a domestic student for the purposes of tuition assessment once all necessary documentation is received to establish this eligibility.  Finally, a DACA8 or Undocumented student may be considered a domestic student for the purposes of tuition assessment once a completed affadavit and an official U.S. high school transcript is on file showing proof of high school graduation (or GED completion) and at least three years of attendance at that high school while living with a parent or guardian.


The Bottom Line About the new Undergraduate Tuition Structure.

A.  Non-Illinois resident domestic undergraduates will be able to pay an in-state equivalent tuition rate starting Fall 2017.

B.  Yes, this applies to incoming, continuing, and re-entering non-resident domestic undergraduates.

C.  Yes, there really is nothing additional that the non-resident domestic undergraduate has to do in order for this to happen.

D.  No, this will not automatically make the non-resident domestic undergraduate be considered an Illinois resident.

E.  No, this change does not apply to international undergraduates or to domestic or international non-undergraduate students.




1 Due to the charging of in-state equivalent tuition rates for domestic, non-resident, undergraduate students starting Fall 2017, the Border State ATR, the High Achievers ATR, and the Veterans/Military ATR will no longer need to be offered or used for those students starting Fall 2017.

2 The Active Duty Military ATR and the Legacy ATR will continue to be offered and used for qualifying domestic, resident and non-resident, undergraduate students in Fall 2017 and later.

3 The Southern Stars ATR will continue to be used for qualifying domestic, resident, undergraduate students who qualify for it and start prior to Fall 2017, but it will no longer be offered or used for such students who start in Fall 2017 or later.

4 If you had failed to apply for the Legacy ATR prior to or at the start of your SIUC studies, even if you believe that it may apply to you, you no longer qualify for it (but, as a domestic undergraduate student, you will still qualify for an in-state tuition rate).

5 Any applicable ATRs for which current or future international undergraduate students may qualify – including the High Achievers ATR and the Legacy ATR – will continue to be offered and used for such students in Fall 2017 or later.

6 Any applicable ATRs for which current or future domestic and international graduate students may qualify will continue to be offered and used for such students in Fall 2017 or later.  Currently, there are no ATRs that are applicable for Law or Medical students.

7 The five applicable U.S. territories are Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

8 DACA = Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.