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Room and board rates increase by 2.4 percent

April 27, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has announced a 2.4 percent increase in room and board rates, effective with the beginning of the fall 2007 semester.

The change, which was approved by the WMU Board of Trustees at its April 27 meeting, is the lowest increase in room and board rates since 2004 and appears to be the lowest increase in room and board rates proposed this year for any of Michigan's public universities. There will be no change in rental fees for on-campus apartments.

"We will continue with popular offerings based on student feedback," says Dr. Diane Anderson, WMU's vice president for student affairs, "including a specialty menu concept in each dining hall, an expanded variety of healthy food choices, late-night carryout Sunday through Thursday, and special dinners and events each semester."

The rate increase means that a student living in the residence halls who opts for the mid-level, 15-meal dining plan would pay $7,042, which is $165 more than students paid for the 2006-07 academic year. The room and board for students choosing plans that include 20 or 10 meals per week also will rise by 2.4 percent, to $7,222 and $6,630, respectively. Each meal plan includes Dining Dollars and a prepaid account that may be used for purchases made in the cash dining operations and for guest meals in the residence hall dining rooms.

WMU operates 20 residence halls, five full-service dining facilities, six cash dining operations and three apartment complexes. The University houses approximately 18 percent of students taking classes on the Kalamazoo campus, and about 88 percent of students living in residence halls are either freshmen or sophomores. Residence hall capacity for the 2007-08 academic year is about 5,964.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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