Illinois university staff could lose tuition break

March 5, 2012

The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State legislators are thinking of ending a perk allowing children of employees at Illinois universities to attend public colleges for half the usual amount.

Rep. Luis Arroyo is sponsoring the legislation. It passed a House committee last week and will move to the full House. The Chicago Democrat says the state cannot afford to provide the benefit.

The Board of Higher Education says the tuition waivers for employees' children cost a little over $8 million last year and went to more than 2,000 students.

Supporters say the break on tuition is a good way to attract people to sometimes low-paying jobs at public universities.