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The University of Illinois today announced a new financial aid program designed to make enrollment at its Urbana-Champaign campus more affordable for middle-class students. They’re calling this program Illinois Commitment, and Kevin Pitts, vice-provost for undergraduate education, says the goal is to persuade families they really can afford to send their kids to the state’s flagship university.

 

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Chris Quintana covers "culture wars" on college campuses and other news for The Chronicle of Higher Education. He was intrigued by the story of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's one-time icon, Chief Illiniwek.

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The University of Illinois president told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that he'd like to maintain a freeze on tuition rates.

Tim Killeen, president of the U. of I. system, spoke directly to state Sen. Dan McConchie, whose daughter received financial aid offers from other Big Ten universities, but not the U. of I.

Consequently, she’s joining thousands of other traditional college students moving out of state.

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For more than 30 years, kids with a certain streak of genius have found a home at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in suburban Chicago. It’s the rarest of gems in the educational landscape: a public, affordable, boarding school.

U Of I Provost Apologizes After GEO Strike

Mar 13, 2018
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Andreas Cangellaris apologized Monday after he said he received criticism of his actions during the recent strike by graduate student workers.

The apology came during a meeting of the Urbana campus Senate -- which is made up of faculty, students and some staff members -- and several days after the Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) called off a nearly two-week long strike. Cangellaris said he was criticized by faculty and students over his handling of the negotiations.

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A panel of state senators heard budget requests from agencies representing colleges and universities, and lawmakers took the opportunity to ask why neighboring states are able to lure so many Illinois students away.

The answer is pretty simple: Other Big 10 schools offer financial considerations that the Illinois flagship campus can't match.

DACA Supporters Rally At U Of I Urbana Campus

Sep 7, 2017
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University of Illinois students, faculty and staff rallied on the Urbana campus Wednesday in defense of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

About 150 people participated in the rally, where several speakers called on the federal government to keep DACA. President Donald Trump announced he’s phasing out the program.

Daisy Cordelia is secretary of the local chapter of Alpha Psi Lambda, the nation’s first co-ed Latino fraternity. She said DACA recipients are innocent, since they came to the United States as kids at the average age of six.

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Commencement ceremonies took place on many college campuses this past weekend, including the University of Illinois, where a popular TV star spoke to graduates.

But the Black Congratulatory ceremony at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana was particularly unique. 

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For college students, December means cramming for final exams. Some schools try to help students keep studying by serving midnight breakfast in the dining halls. But one student group at the University of Illinois puts their own twist on that tradition.