MSU board votes to increase room-and-board rates

Contact: Vennie Gore, Division of Housing and Food Services, (517) 355-7457, vgore@msu.edu; or Kristin K. Anderson, University Relations, (517) 353-8819, cell (517) 282-8881, ander284@msu.edu

Apr 18, 2008

EAST LANSING, Mich. —Michigan State University’s room-and-board rates for the next academic year will see a 5.25 percent increase for all students, a rate that is among the lowest at Michigan and Big Ten universities.

At today's meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees voted to raise rates 5.25 percent for both incoming and returning students. That means it will cost $7,026 annually for a student to live in an on-campus residence hall (double room and unlimited meals), an increase of $350 over last year.

Rates for university apartments also will increase by 5.25 percent. For a one-bedroom apartment, the monthly rate will increase from $630 to $635; the rate for a two-bedroom apartment will go from $699 to $735 per month. University Village apartment rates will increase by 5 percent, which will increase the monthly rate from $600 to $630 per bedroom/resident.

The rates for residence halls and apartments will be effective fall semester 2008.

“These rates reflect multiple factors, including increases in normal operating expenses, reduction in apartment occupancy at Spartan Village and long-term facility needs,” said Vennie Gore, assistant vice president of the Division of Housing and Food Services. “Our remodeling and renovation projects reflect the ever-changing needs of students and the need to plan for the future.”

Starting in May, mechanical, electrical and ventilation systems will be updated or replaced at Mayo Hall. Also, MSU will add life-safety systems and American Disabilities Act code-required modifications.

Other improvements call for the installation of elevators, lighting upgrades, asbestos abatement, bathroom and plumbing modifications, new room furnishings, and flooring, roofing and exterior improvements. In addition, a passenger elevator and other accessible items will be added to the residence hall.

Holden Hall also will undergo some main-floor reconfiguration. A new coffee shop, student activities areas and a centralized service center will provide additional and convenient access to service units.

Other projects are slated for Holmes and Case halls.

For additional information, visit www.hfs.msu.edu.