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Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Tuition and Fees

SIU Carbondale Tuition and Fees Overview


SIU Carbondale on-campus tuition and general student fee amounts for credit courses are reviewed and voted on each Spring by the SIU Board of Trustees to normally take effect during the following Fall semester.


On-Campus Tuition Charges

In general, effective Fall 2004, incoming undergraduates pay a tuition rate that is based on their first term of enrollment 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 pay the same tuition rate for each class that he/she takes.  So, for example, during that semester the tuition rate for that student will be the same for a 100-level on-campus course as for a 300-level on-campus course.  On the flip side, other students in that student's 100-level on-campus class may pay a different tuition rate than that student, but each other student's tuition rate should be consistent across all of their individual classes for that semester.  Someone has described this as, "the cost of tuition is attached to the student, not the course."

In general, on-campus graduate and professional students pay 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.


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 SIU Board of Trustees).  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.

On-campus students enrolled in certain programs (majors) may have fees that are charged as a condition of being enrolled in such a program (and most such fees do not require explicit approval by the SIU Board of Trustees).  For example, program-specific technology fees are charged to undergraduate majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences, undergraduate and graduate majors in the College of Business (unless they are paying the differential tuition surcharge), undergraduate and graduate majors in the School of Art and Design, and professional students in the School of Medicine.2

Effective Fall 2011, incoming first-time undergraduate and transfer undergraduate degree-seeking on-campus students are assessed a one-time $150 Matriculation Fee to cover the costs associated with their orientation to campus.  Similarly, effective Fall 2012, incoming on-campus international graduate students are assessed a one-time $150 Matriculation Fee to cover the costs associated with their orientation to campus.3

Certain courses have course-specific fees that are charged as a condition of enrollment in such a course.  Such course-specific fees are set by the departments (and are subject to change with each new academic year), though any such fees exceeding $200 per course require explicit approval by the SIU Board of Trustees.  Course-specific fees are noted by course in the online Schedule of Classes listings.4

While not necessarily considered fees per se, the room and board charges that many on-campus students will pay for living in University Housing are in addition to the tuition and fees already noted.

Students first registering for full-term classes after the advance registration period has ended will be assessed a $15 late registration fee, as will students first registering for shorter-than-full-term classes after the first day of the course.  The fee is non-refundable and cannot be waived unless it is clearly shown that faculty or administrative action caused the late registration.  (Registration in graduate courses 599, 600, 601, or 699 shall be exempt from this fee.)


Off-Campus Charges

For many years, students enrolled in military off-campus and other off-campus courses were normally assessed under a cost-recovery model (with charges for program delivery and overhead).  Undergraduates taking only cost-recovery courses were not subject to the tuition rate guarantees to which on-campus students were subject.  The off-campus delivery model was revamped several years ago, as were the charges.

Students enrolled in certain off-campus and distance learning courses, effective Spring 2011, are assessed the following 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 the Information Technology Fee,1 the Student Services Building Fee, the Student-to-Student Grant Fee (for undergraduates), and a $59 per credit hour Distance Learning Fee.5

Most non-military cost-recovery courses have been converted to the distance learning cost structure as of Spring 2012, while the military cost-recovery courses have been converted as of Spring 2013.  Thus, as of Spring 2013, very few courses are still being assessed on a cost-recovery basis.

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.

Besides other information noted on this Web site, more detailed information may be found in Chapter 2 of the appropriate edition of the Undergraduate Catalog or in Chapter 1 of the appropriate edition of the Graduate Catalog.6  Students in the School of Law or the School of Medicine should check with their units for information specific to them.

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.

2 Technology fee amounts:   $4.58 per credit hour up to 12 credit hours in Fall and Spring for the College of Agricultual Sciences;   $6 per credit hour up to 12 credit hours in Fall and Spring (up to 6 credit hours in Summer) for the College of Business;   $10 per credit hour up to 12 credit hours in Fall and Spring (up to 6 credit hours in Summer) for the School of Art and Design;   $50 per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer for the School of Medicine.

3 More information about the various orientation opportunities is available from New Student Programs.  More information about international student orientation opportunities is available here.  Effective Spring 2014, the two Matriculation Fees will be assessed for the term in which the student registers for their fourth on-campus credit hour within their first year of enrollment.

4 Course-specific fees may be described on a student's bill as course fees, lab fees, studio fees, equipment fees, field trip fees, transportation fees, etc.  The flight training charges on many of the AF courses for students in the Aviation Flight program are also considered to be course-specific fees.

5 The Distance Learning Fee is designed to cover the costs of course development for SIU Extended Campus, including professional services for design and development, startup costs, instruction and administrative support, and the necessary infrastructure to support course development and delivery.

6 For example, see pp. 22-26 of the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog and pp. 26-29 of the 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog for this detailed information.