pre-paid college tuition program

Universities struggle amid declining enrollment

Feb 27, 2014

Enrollment is down at many of Illinois' public universities. As Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel reports, the lost tuition is hurting schools' bottom line.

As the state has cut funding to higher education, universities have made up for the losses by raising tuition. But when there are fewer students to pay, colleges feel the squeeze all over again. At Western Illinois University, enrollment is down two percent from last year -- about 500 fewer students. Officials say that's an opportunity cost a nearing a million dollars. Western's president Jack Thomas:

College Illinois concerns

Feb 24, 2014

A central Illinois lawmaker wants to make changes to the state's pre-paid college tuition program because he says it's dangerously close to financial disaster.