YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University maintained its commitment to keeping on-campus housing and dining affordable for students, as the Board of Regents today approved a 2.5 percent average increase in room and board rates for the 2017-18 academic year.
The Regents approved an overall average increase of 3 percent for the University’s residence halls and apartments, and increases between 2 percent (for EMU’s most popular plan) and 4 percent for meal plans in the coming academic year.
The rates for the 2017-18 academic year, which include a 3.3 percent increase in residence hall rates and a 2.2 percent increase for apartment rates, will support the University’s ongoing investment in improving the quality of residential facilities and help address a portion of the deferred maintenance associated with those buildings.
Increases among lowest in last five years
The room and board increases are all below the five-year average for Eastern, with the residence hall increase being the lowest during that time period, and apartment and meal plan increases representing the second lowest levels in the past five years.
The approved meal rates, which vary depending on the meal plan, correspond to the expected inflation rate for food services. EMU has three residence hall eating locations: The Dining Commons, Eastern Eateries and Crossroad. As part of the meal plans, students will continue to enjoy the new offerings in the Student Center, which now include Smashburger, Za’tar (Eastern Mediterranean fare), Sono (Latin food items) and Mondo (sandwiches).
The academic year rates for a double room in the residence halls will range from $4,231 in Hill, Pitt and Hoyt halls to $5,481 in the Village. Room rates vary on campus, depending on the facility.
Growth in on-campus housing
With the increases, EMU is pushing to maintain its recent growth in on-campus housing that last fall saw more than 3,900 students living on campus – a 20 percent growth since 2010. A central element of that growth is Eastern's commitment to responsibly upgrade its residence halls and dining facilities.
Eastern Michigan currently has 12 residence halls and three apartment complexes.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.