by Ward Mullens, Published April 14, 2011
YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved an overall aggregate rate increase of 2.15 percent for residence hall room-and-board rates for 2011, at its regular meeting April 14.
Also approved was a 3-percent increase for all university apartments.
The standard 18-meal, double-occupancy room will increase from $7,785 to $7,895, a $110 increase or 1.41 percent.
Even with the increase for 2011-2012, EMU has had the lowest rate of increase to room and board rates of any state university in the past two years. EMU was the only university in the state to freeze tuition and room and board rates in 2010.
"This action is consistent with our ongoing efforts to keep higher education affordable and accessible to students," said Roy Wilbanks, Chair of the Board of Regents. "At the same time, it will allow us to continue to provide quality services and upgrade our facilities."
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.
Eastern Michigan currently has 13 residence halls and three apartment complexes. Nearly 3,300 students are expected to live in university residence halls and apartments for the 2011-12 academic year.