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New and returning USI students say every penny helps after tuition increase announcement

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Tuition is on the rise at the University of Southern Indiana.

The school's Board of Trustees approved tuition increases on Thursday for the next two school years.

It's new student orientation time at USI and incoming Freshman, Precious Holliday, is getting adjusted to campus.

"She's excited," says Nicole Holliday, Precious' mother. "She'll be here next month officially."

Precious and her mom are from Columbus, Ohio and despite the distance, they say choosing USI was easy.

"This was actually the one and only school she decided to come to check out and she fell in love with it," says Nicole.

Nicole, a single mother of three, is footing the bill for out-of-state tuition. Now she's learning it'll cost her even more.

"We're going to have to do a little more crunching, a little more budgeting," says Nicole.

For out-of-state students like Precious and Senior Kendra Russel, tuition and student fees will go up about 5% this school year, and another 5% the following.

"I could definitely use that money for other things, because I also work," says Kendra. "I'm paying my bills, so any money that doesn't go towards school would be useful."

In-state undergraduates can expect a slightly smaller increase of about 4.5% this year, which is $273. Plus $278 in the 2014-2015 school year. Still, University Officials say USI remains the most affordable state university in Indiana.

"Every little penny counts for us, and especially for me,' says Nicole.

The University says those tuition increases will go toward faculty salary increases, employee health insurance costs, and student financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships.

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