WIU budget cuts on the way

      Western Illinois University had to find a way to deal with a once again low budget.

      Budget Director Matt Bierman said WIU faces a number of problems with this upcoming budget.

      The state of Illinois owes WIU nearly $20 million.

      Bierman said this is a recurring problem that is helped through reserve funds.

      There will also be a tuition increase of almost five percent for new students.

      He says the university will make budget cuts up to $4.8 million.

      Bierman said enrollment is an issue with the tuition increase. He said one of the larger factors to many students dropping out is from expenses.

      WIU has a cost guarantee, that locks in your tuition cost as well as room and board for four years.

      He said that is a good way to help enrollment.