University of Illinois Course Fee Guidelines
Tuition is approved by the Board of Trustees and complies in all
material respects with applicable laws, University of Illinois Statutes,
The General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure, and
Board of Trustees policies and directives. The Vice President for
Academic Affairs, in conjunction with the three campus provosts oversees
course fee guidelines, their review and compliance.
Course fees, when approved, must be separate, unique and used solely
for support of the courses involved. Course fees can be assessed for
special, unique costs required for materials or other tangible products
or services such as those that are retained by the student in a credit
course, cost of plane rentals for aviation instruction, transportation
and admission costs incurred on field trips required in course
instruction, the development of online courses, etc. In such cases, the
charge cannot exceed the cost of providing the product or service
available to the student. Difficulty in securing adequate regular
budget support shall not be the determining factor in the decision to
charge selected students a course fee. All units must strive to
administer the course fee funds in ways that provide students paying
those fees a reasonable opportunity to benefit equitably from the
expenditure of the course fee.
All course fees and changes to established course fees must be
approved in writing by the Provost or designee(s). Insuring that these
policies are observed is a shared responsibility between the department,
college, and Provost or designee(s). Information about individual
course fees must be clearly advertised prior to registration for the
semester in which the course fee is assessed.
Collection of course fees in the classroom is not allowed. Students
will be made aware of course fees prior to registration through the
Schedule of classes. Billing and payment of course fees is through the
standard University business practices.
These general guidelines are approved by the VPAA and the provosts.
Each campus has established campus specific guidelines that build upon
these University of Illinois Course Fee Guidelines. They are available
at the links below:
Urbana Course Fee Information
Chicago Course Fee Information
Springfield Course Fee Information