EMU to reinvest in student living and dining spaces while continuing to remain affordable with 4.95 percent increase in housing and dining rates

Eastern's combined increase in total costs of tuition and room and board lowest among state's public universities over last three years

by Geoff Larcom, Published April 17, 2012

Eastern Michigan University has continued its commitment to ongoing upgrades to its residence halls and dining facilities while remaining affordable to students in the University's 2012-2013 room and board budget.

Following through on that goal, the EMU Board of Regents approved an overall increase of 4.95 percent for residence hall and apartment room-and-board rates for 2012-13 at its regular meeting April 17. The rate increase will enable housing and dining services to meet the increased costs of food and supplies while handling vital, deferred maintenance expenses.

The standard 18-meal, double-occupancy room will increase from  $7,895 to $8,286, an increase of $391.

"We are proud of the improvements in on-campus living and dining experiences we offer our students at Eastern Michigan," said Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin. "This increase enables us to continue to enhance campus life and the overall residence hall experience."

From fiscal 2009 through this year, EMU spent about $19.5 million on needed, energy efficient residence hall renovations. Projects funded through the auxiliary capital spending plan included new windows in the four First-Year Center residence halls, upgrades to the three hill area residence halls ­ - Pittman, Hill and Hoyt - and new windows in the Brown-Munson complex.

Subject to approval by the Board of Regents, planned projects for the next five years include a projected $8.8 million in repairs. Those could involve renovations to Best, Wise, Buell and Downing residence halls, to the Dining Commons that connects those four halls, to Westvew Apartments and to the Eastern Eateries. Such expenses are funded through EMU's auxiliary budget, which is paid for though housing and dining fees.

Even with the increase for 2012-2013, EMU's housing and dining rates remain among the lower room and board rates for Michigan's 15 public universities. EMU was the only university in the state to freeze tuition and room and board rates in 2010, and its aggregate room and board rate increase of $543 over the past three years is the second lowest in the state.

Over the past three years, EMU's increase of $614 in tuition and fees was the lowest in the state, as was its combined increase in tuition and room and board of $1,157.

This past year, EMU's room and board rate ranked 10th among the 14 public universities with housing facilities. New rankings will not be determined until other universities announce their room and board rates for 2012-2013.

Eastern Michigan currently has 12 residence halls and three apartment complexes. About 3,500 students are expected to live in University residence halls and apartments for the 2012-13 academic year.




Geoff Larcom



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