MSU board votes to increase room-and-board rates 5.25 percent

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations, Office: (517) 432-0920, Cell: (517) 281-7129, Tom.Oswald@ur.msu.edu

Apr 24, 2009

EAST LANSING, Mich.—Michigan State University’s room-and-board rates for the 2009-2010 academic year will increase 5.25 percent, a rate that remains among the lowest at Michigan and Big Ten universities.

MSU’s Board of Trustees voted today to raise rates for both incoming and returning students, effective fall semester 2009. The increase reflects three components, according to the MSU Division of Housing and Food Services: Support for the First Year Experience student program, increased revenue to meet bond obligations for the Brody Complex renovation, and maintaining adequate operating funds for emergencies.

“Keeping housing and dining rates affordable for our students, especially during these difficult economic times in Michigan, is essential,” said Vennie Gore, assistant vice president of the Division of Housing and Food Services. “This rate increase strives to seek a reasonable balance between affordability, enhanced service for students and needed renovation of aging facilities."

The new rates mean it will cost $7,395 annually for a student to live in an on-campus residence hall (double room and unlimited meals), an increase of $369 from last year.

Rates for university apartments will increase by 5.25 percent as well. For a one-bedroom apartment, the monthly rate will increase from $665 to $700; the rate for a two-bedroom apartment will go from $735 to $774. University Village apartments will see a monthly rate increase from $630 to $663 per bedroom/resident.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, all MSU residence halls will be open as Mayo Hall re-opens in August. Renovations will begin on the Brody Dining Hall during the 2009-2010 year, and in the following academic year Emmons Hall will be the first of the six Brody residence halls to close for renovations.

Only three Big Ten schools have lower room-and-board rates than MSU, which ranks fourth among all Michigan public universities for affordable housing and meals.

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