by Geoff Larcom, Published July 06, 2010
YPSILANTI - “0-0-0,” the move to freeze tuition, fees and room and board this year at Eastern Michigan University, has produced dramatic ripple effects in the lives of students and families faced with the challenge of paying for college.
Eastern Michigan has collected the sentiments of such students in series of videos, bringing alive the day-to-day benefits of Eastern’s historic move.
"Since we announced the "0,0,0" initiative in April, we have heard from countless students and parents praising the effort," said Walter Kraft, Eastern's vice president for communications. "Many have shared their own experiences of how tuition, room and board expenses are impacting their pursuit of higher education.
“'Stories of Zero' were developed to capture the personal perspectives of students and parents. This is an opportunity to highlight their stories in a more viral setting, where students can share their experiences with other students through social media and through our website. We hope our students, and potential Eastern students, will find the stories interesting and useful as they plan their college experience."
Students from Queens, NY; Grand Rapids, Lansing, Monroe, Detroit, Westland, Taylor, Ypsilanti and other communities participated in the videos.
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 this coming academic year will pay $8,377 for tuition and fees, same as in 2009-10. Room and board for the standard 18-meal, double occupancy room will remain fixed at $7,786. Eastern has also frozen rates for student health insurance and on-campus childcare at present levels.
The EMU Board of Regents voted for the “0-0-0” plan on April 20, marking a period of 25 years since a public university in Michigan had last frozen tuition.