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Room and board rates increase by 5 percent

July 28, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Increases in operating costs will prompt a rise in room and board rates for 2005-06 at Western Michigan University.

The increase approved, by the WMU Board of Trustees at it July 28 meeting, will be 5 percent. The move marks the first increase in room and board rates since 2003. There will be no increase for apartment rental rates.

The cost to live and eat in a residence hall for the 2005-06 academic year will be $6,821 for students who opt for a plan that includes 20 meals per week, a difference of $325 over current rates. Increases for students with 15- and 10-meal plans will be $317 and $298 per academic year, respectively. For Summer I and Summer II sessions, room and board rates will rise. Students using the 15-meal plan will see costs rise by $78 for Summer I and $77 for Summer II. Students using the 10-meal plan will see increases of $70 for both Summer I and Summr II sessions.

Some 5,000 students, including 90 percent of freshmen live on campus in one of WMU's 22 residence halls. The system also includes a network of residence hall dining rooms.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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