Housing rates increasing for MSU dorms

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Michigan State University students living in residence halls will pay an additional 2.75 percent in 2016-17, following Board of Trustees approval Friday.

University officials hailed the increase in room and board rates as the lowest in 18 years.

The increase means room rates for undergraduate students will go up $108, to $4,020 per year.

Meanwhile, the silver unlimited dining meal plan — which provides students unlimited meals at any of the 10 residence hall dining facilities from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week — increases $152, to $5,714 per year. Total cost for housing and dining will increase to $9,734.

Rates for university apartments — Spartan Village and University Village — will stay the same.

“Our goal is to enhance the academic experience of our students by providing them with the resources they need to be successful,” said Vennie Gore, MSU vice president for auxiliary enterprises. “For about $43 a day, our students enjoy a wealth of amenities, including a safe and secure living environment, as well as access in their neighborhood to all of the resources of the engagement centers.”

Tuition for 2016-17 has not been set. Like other public universities, MSU trustees will vote on the issue this summer.