Illinois’ Tuition Costs, 3rd Highest In County, Adding To State’s Growing Outmigration

In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 photo, a woman walks into a building on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill. Illinois' public universities are bracing for a 31.5 percent cut in state funding that Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed as he tries to cut the state government's budget deficit. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

Illinois’ in-state average tuition over the last 15 years has jumped by 49%, leaving the state with the third-highest costs in the country and many students are either leaving home to seek further education or taking on more debt to make it happen in the Land of Lincoln.

A new Illinois Policy Institute survey finds average in-state costs at the state’s 12 public universities now stands at nearly $15,000, or more than $5,000 higher than the national average.