by Geoff Larcom, Published June 24, 2010
YPSILANTI - The zeros keep mounting for Eastern Michigan University, which is good news for its students.
Eastern and UnitedHealthcare have agreed to maintain 2009-10 student health insurance rates for the upcoming school year, while EMU’s Children’s Institute will not increase child care rates this fall. It’s all in the spirit of keeping education affordable for EMU students.
UnitedHealthcare had originally scheduled a 5 percent increase for this fall, following two years of flat rates. But, after Eastern announced in April that the University would not raise tuition, fees and room and board for the next academic year, Eastern administrators approached UnitedHealthcare, which is based in Dallas. The company said, “yes.”
“We are grateful to UnitedHealthcare for its willingness to partner with us in this campaign,” said Ellen Gold, executive director of University health services and interim assistant vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “This is a tough economy, and a challenging time for students and their families. We want to help them in every way possible.”
The rate for the comprehensive student health insurance plan will remain at $943 annually. A student can choose to purchase a policy on a semester basis at $315 per semester, amounting to about $80 a month. Eastern has added the option for students to have the premium cost charged to their student account, which means that they will not have to pay the full amount at once.
Eastern also joined in the 0% campaign at the EMU Children's Institute, which offers child care for toddlers through preschool and kindergarten levels. The University is holding rates at last year’s levels. Depending on the child’s age, daily rates will again range from $41 to $52, and weekly rates will run from $195 to $250.
With the 0-0-0 increase in tuition and fees, room and board, an in-state Eastern undergraduate student who is taking 30 credit hours a year will pay $8,377 for tuition and fees. Room and board for the standard 18-meal, double occupancy room will remain fixed at $7,786.