(Chicago Tribune) — Tuition to the University of Illinois will increase 6.9 percent for undergraduates this fall if trustees approve the recommendation at their meeting Wednesday. New students at the Urbana-Champaign campus would pay $11,104 a year in tuition under the proposal, while UIC students would pay $9,764 and students at the Springfield campus would pay $8,670. The cost doubles when fees and room and board are added. Tuition increases have ranged from 2.6 percent to 16 percent since 2004. Trustees last year raised tuition 9.5 percent. “It is a conservative proposal that is mindful of families and their concerns about affordability but allows the university to cover inflationary costs and protect itself against the ravages of higher personnel and operating costs,” U. of I. spokesman Thomas Hardy said. The other four-year state universities have not decided on tuition costs, but Southern Illinois University officials have signaled that it could go up 9 percent.