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Residence hall rates to rise at rate of inflation

May 1, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Acting at their April 28 meeting, Western Michigan University trustees approved an increase in 2006-07 room and board rates for WMU's residence hall system that will be held to the rate of inflation.

Beginning with the start of the fall 2006 semester, room and board rates will rise by 3.4 percent, reflecting increased costs to the system, particularly in the area of utilities. Apartment rental rates across the campus will remain unchanged.

The residence hall system increase means that a student living in a residence hall and opting for the mid-level, 15-meal dining plan would pay $6,877, an increase of $226 compared to the rate for the 2005-06 academic year. The rates for room and board for students opting for dining plans that include 20 meals per week or 10 meals per week will also rise by 3.4 percent, to $7,053 and $6,475, respectively.

WMU operates 20 residence halls and five full-service dining facilities, six cash dining operations and three apartment complexes. The University houses approximately 20 percent of students taking classes on the Kalamazoo campus, and about 80 percent of students living in residence halls are either freshmen or sophomores. Residence hall capacity for the 2006-07 academic year is 5,964.

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

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