by Ward Mullens, Published April 21, 2009
YPSILANTI —The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a 5.9 percent increase in room and board rates for residence halls and a 3.65 average rate increase for all apartment units, at its regular meeting April 21.
The average cost increase for the academic year will amount to $473 and is effective fall 2009.
The standard 18-meal, double occupancy room will increase from $7,352 to $7,785.
This will balance the need for revenue to sustain the housing program this year with the need to offer competitive and affordable housing options given the current economic climate in the geographic area.
The rate increase will help housing and dining services meet its budgeted occupancy goals, continue renovations in the residence halls and increase dining reserves to maintain and upgrade facilities.
EMU currently has 13 residence halls and three apartment complexes. Nearly 3,300 students are expected in university residence halls and apartments for the 2009-10 academic year, including an estimated 1,700 first-time students.