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Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Tuition & Fees

Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Tuition and Fees

SIU Carbondale Tuition and Fees Overview

The authority to establish and collect tuition and fees for credit courses offered at SIU Carbondale has been vested in the SIU Board of Trustees (BOT).  The BOT reviews and votes each Spring on proposed changes to SIU Carbondale tuition, general student fees, and certain specific student fees, and any such approved changes normally take effect during the following Fall semester.

These tuition and fees are considered mandatory fees that are charged as a condition of enrollment in an instructional program within SIU Carbondale.  The assessment of these fees is not necessarily directly related to usage or the direct benefit gained by an individual student.  Students who are assessed these fees are responsible for their payment regardless of whether or not the student receives direct benefits or is in a location which permits access to such benefits.

On-Campus Tuition Charges

In general, effective Fall 2004, incoming undergraduates pay a per hour tuition rate that is based on their first term of enrollment (registration) at SIU Carbondale.  This rate is normally guaranteed to stay the same for four years.  At the end of that time, undergraduates who have not completed their studies will then be charged a new tuition rate.  Effective Fall 2010, this new rate will normally be guaranteed to stay the same for two additional years (meaning just two tuition rates for the first six years of enrollment).  After the end of six years, these undergraduates will be charged tuition rates that are subject to change with each new fiscal year.

Within a given semester, an undergraduate should normally pay the same per hour tuition rate for each on-campus class that he/she takes.

In general, on-campus graduate and professional students pay per hour tuition rates that are subject to change with each new fiscal year.

Normal on-campus tuition has traditionally been "capped" at 15 credit hours per semester, even if the student was enrolled for more than 15 hours.  Effective Fall 2014, all School of Law students no longer have their on-campus tuition capped.  Effective Fall 2016, incoming undergraduate and most incoming graduate students will not have their on-campus tuition – and, if applicable, their College of Business differential tuition surcharge – capped (though students who had started prior to Fall 2016 will).  The tuition surcharge that applies to Physician Assistant Studies graduate students is also not capped.

Non-resident tuition rates are higher than in-state rates, though some non-residents can qualify for an Alternate Tuition Rate that will lower their tuition rate.  Effective Fall 2017, non-resident tuition rates for domestic undergraduate students have been lowered to their equivalent in-state rates as explained here.

On-Campus Fee Charges

General student fees for all on-campus students are subject to change with each new fiscal year (but such changes must be approved by the BOT).  Some of the general on-campus fees are of fixed amounts, meaning that they are billed the same regardless of the number of credit hours being taken.  Other on-campus fees are billed on a per credit hour basis, usually being "capped" at 12 credit hours.1

For more information about each general on-campus fee, visit here.

Off-Campus Charges

Students enrolled in certain off-campus and distance learning courses, effective Spring 2011, are assessed tuition and fees for those courses whose section numbers are in the range of 900 through 999.  The tuition rate is equivalent to the corresponding on-campus rate that the student would be charged if taking on-campus courses as an Illinois resident (and, for undergraduates, will be subject to the same guarantees as the on-campus rates).  The fees consist of a few of the on-campus fees plus a Distance Learning Fee.

For information about each general off-campus fee, visit here.

The earlier discussion about on-campus tuition charges being "capped" also applies to off-campus tuition charges under the new off-campus delivery model.

Other Information

Tuition and fees calculators to aid in estimating current and near future tuition and general student fee costs are available here.  Financial Aid cost-of-attendance budgets (and Net Price Cost Calculator) are here.

Information about other fees that do not necessarily apply to all students, or that apply only at certain points of the student's time at SIU Carbondale, is available here.

Tuition and fees for all students are assessed by the Registrar's Office Most grants, scholarships, or loans that are credited to the student's account to offset tuition and fee charges are processed by the Financial Aid Office Most campus charges, credits, and fines related to a student's account are centrally billed by the Bursar's Office and are viewable by logging into SalukiNet Self-Service.

1 New incoming students for Fall 2013 or later who register for more than 12 credit hours in a term will not have the amount for the Facilities Maintenance Fee and the Information Technology Fee capped at the 12 hour amount, but will pay for all hours covered by those fees.  Students who first started at SIU prior to Fall 2013 will normally continue to be subject to the 12 hour cap amount.  Similarly, incoming students for Fall 2015 or later who register for more than 12 credit hours in a term will not have the amount for the Athletic Fund Fee capped at the 12 hour amount, but will pay for all hours covered by that fee.