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Studies: Illinois' fixed-tuition law drives up others' costs

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -

Researchers say an Illinois law that locks in tuition rates for in-state students appears to have the unintended effect of driving up tuition for out-of-state students and fees for all.
    
The law, which took effect in 2004, guarantees that a student starting as a freshman at a state university will pay the same tuition rate for four years.
    
Only three other states have similar laws, Oklahoma, Texas and North Carolina.
    
A recent study and another published last year show that tuition and fees started to rise much faster for non-resident students at Illinois state schools when the law took effect.
    
University of Illinois spokesman Tom Hardy says the school would like to see the law repealed.

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