WMUK News
2:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

WMU Room and Board Costs to Rise

WMU Vice President for Student Affairs addresses the Board of Trustees.
WMU Vice President for Student Affairs addresses the Board of Trustees.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Students at Western Michigan University will pay just under three percent more in the next academic year than this one for room and board. WMU’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2.95 percent increase for academic year 2014-2015 at their regular meeting Wednesday afternoon.

In a document included with the meeting packet, the board described the rise in cost as necessary to keep up with the university’s “operational” expenses, as well as “building infrastructure needs, debt service, student and University support, and competitiveness with other Universities.”

On Wednesday, Vice President for Student Affairs Diane Anderson told the trustees that on-campus residency is an important part of the college experience.

“Residence halls provide a great venue for students to learn about themselves…and establish academic habits that set them up for success,” she said, adding that dining halls play a similar role.