June 17, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

EMU regents approve 2003-04 rates for housing and dining services

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a 4.5 percent increase in room and board rates at its regular meeting June 17.

The average cost increase for the academic year will amount to $253 and is effective fall 2003.

The standard 20-meal, double occupancy room will increase from $5,597 to $5,850. Triple occupancy will increase from $4,737 to $4,950.

Single occupancy room and board rates will be slightly more. The rate for the Village, the University’s newest residence building, will increase five percent because of the available amenities and the increased cost of maintenance.

The increase in the rate is necessary to help housing and dining services to meet its budgeted occupancy goals; debt payment obligations; provide basic facilities needs; maintain current level of service; and maintain the reserves of at least $1 million.

The average room and board rate increase among state institutions is 4.9 percent, with increases ranging from 2.92 to 7.6 percent. Central Michigan University is considering a 7.6 percent increase while Michigan Technological University is recommending a 6.71 percent increase. Michigan State University has approved a 6 percent room and board increase while the University of Michigan has approved a 5.3 percent increase.

Eastern Michigan currently has 14 residence halls and 590 apartments. More than 3,700 students will live in university residence hall and apartments for the 2003-04 academic year.

Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive, metropolitan university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.