Eastern Illinois University

Procedure Title: Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan

Authority and Scope: The Eastern Illinois University Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan procedure was developed pursuant to IGP 66.1 and PA 93-0228 and applies only to tuition and does not apply to any fees or other charges including room and board.

Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan and Guaranteed Tuition Rate Period: The Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan provides for a constant tuition rate, as set by the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees, for four continuous academic years beginning with the term of a qualifying student's initial enrollment at Eastern Illinois University. Four continuous academic years means any sequential combination of four fall semesters, four spring semesters, and four summer sessions commencing with the semester of initial enrollment. The guaranteed tuition rate period is extended for undergraduate degree programs approved by the University for completion in more than four years. The extension is limited to the minimum number of additional semester(s) to complete the program as approved by the University. The list of programs approved by the University for completion in more than four years is maintained by the Provost.

Expiration of Guaranteed Tuition Rate Period: Students whose guaranteed tuition rate period expires and who subsequently enroll in credit classes at Eastern Illinois University will be charged tuition appropriate to their status as determined by the Bursar. Generally, continuing students whose guaranteed tuition rate period expires will be placed on the guaranteed tuition rate plan that was established two years prior to the expiration or on the guaranteed tuition rate plan established two years prior to their re-enrollment whichever is sooner. If, and when, the studentís second (and subsequent) guaranteed tuition rate period expires, the student will be similarly placed on the guaranteed tuition rate plan that was established two years prior to the expiration or on the guaranteed tuition rate plan established two years prior to their re-enrollment whichever is sooner.

Qualifying Students: The policy applies to undergraduate students who qualify for resident or non-resident tuition status at the time of their initial enrollment in one or more credit classes in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at Eastern Illinois University. Initial enrollment means registering for and attending at least one class session. Any student classified as a graduate student is specifically excluded for participation in the Guaranteed Tuition Plan. Any student who is not admitted to a degree or certificate program and who enrolls as a nonmatriculated, casual, guest, or similar type of basis is specifically excluded from the participation in a Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan.

Effective Date: The Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan Policy is effective for qualifying students beginning with the 2004 fall semester and thereafter.

Special Considerations:

A studentís guaranteed tuition rate plan period is affected by a student's change of major only to the extent that the changed major has a different approved program completion period. For qualifying students with multiple majors, the primary major determines the Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan period. The Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan period is not affected by a student's full-time or part-time enrollment status.

A student with a Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan who withdraws from the University during the term of their guaranteed tuition rate period, except as provided below, retains their original guaranteed tuition rate period upon re-enrollment provided that their original guaranteed tuition rate period has not expired in which case the re-enrolling students tuition rate will be set at the then current tuition rate for students who are not covered by a guaranteed tuition rate plan.

The guaranteed tuition rate plan applies to transfer students as it does to any other qualifying student's initial enrollment at Eastern Illinois University.

A student called to active military duty in accordance with IGP 95, Student Withdrawal for Military Service (Student Withdrawal for Military Service <policy95.html) and re-enrolls at the University within one full semester after de-activation will be entitled to resume their Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan period. The expiration date of their Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan will be extended consistent with the length of time on active duty.

A student who withdraws from the University for medical reasons in accordance with IGP 65, Student Withdrawal (Student Withdrawal <policy65.html) and re-enrolls at the University within one full semester after medical release will be entitled to resume their Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan period. The expiration date of their Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan will be extended consistent with the length of time on medical withdrawal.

Appeals: Students who contest decisions made pursuant to implementation of the Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan Policy and the Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan Procedure may appeal the decision to a Tuition Appeals Committee composed of three persons one each appointed by the Provost, the Vice President for Business, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. The appeal must be timely and in writing setting forth the reason(s) that the student contests the contested tuition decision and providing appropriate documentation. To be timely, the appeal must be made within six calendar months of the contested tuition decision. The Tuition Appeals Committee will meet as necessary to review appeals and to render decisions in the overall interest of the University and its many publics. Their decisions are final.

Procedure Monitor: Provost

Originally Approved: April 21, 2004

Revised (to include non-resident undergraduate students) and Approved: June 2, 2004