Illinois Lags Behind In Making College Affordable by The 21st published on 2017-10-12T17:12:12Z It’s getting more and more difficult to afford college in Illinois, especially if you’re a low-income student. We know that student loan debt has been a mounting problem for students both here and across the country, and that our state’s financial problems haven’t helped. We’re now starting to learn just how much of an uphill climb all of this can be. A new report from the Partnership for College Completion finds that Illinois public tuition and fees are the fifth highest in the country. African-American enrollment is down, and the amount of annual income low-income families have to save to pay for college has gone up to nearly 63%. We spoke with Trevon Slaughter, a junior at North Park University hoping to double major in history and education. We were also joined by Kyle Westbrook, executive director of the Partnership for College Completion, along with WBEZ reporter Susie An.