Regents Approve Room and Board Rates, Residence Life Budget for 2006-2007

Photo of dorm room at Southeast Missouri State University.

The new room and board rates differ depending on the residence hall and style of accommodation.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 24, 2006 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved new room and board rates and a laundry fee effective with the fall 2006 semester and approved a $14.6 million Residence Life budget for fiscal 2007.

Under the approved plan, room rates will increase an average of 4.34 percent in Southeast residence halls for next academic year.

Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management, said rate increases vary by residence hall and style of accommodation.

New Residence Hall Room Rates

Based on the new rates, annual residence hall fees will be $3,006 for Dearmont (which is not air conditioned); $3,293 for Towers South and East; $3,407 for Cheney; $3,450 for Dearmont Plus; $3,942 for Myers; $4,020 for Group Housing; $4,318 for triple rooms in Towers North and West; $4,477 for double rooms in Towers North and West; and $4,948 for rooms in New Hall.

New Board Rates

The average board rate will increase by just .66 percent next year. Under the new standard board rate schedule approved by the Regents today, the most popular plan – 15 meals per week plus $140 in flex dollars – will cost students $1,971 annually. The 19-meal plan with $116 flex dollars is $2,154 annually. The 10-meal plan plus $160 in flex dollars is $1,784 annually. The five-meal plan plus $270 in flex dollars is $1,521 annually.

The flex dollars reflected in the board rates are cash stored electronically on students’ ID cards as part of their meal plan. They can be used at any campus dining location to buy additional meals, food items, snacks and beverages.

With the approved increases, the average combined room and board rates (based on rooms in Towers South/East and a 15-meal plan plus $140 flex) will cost $5,264, up from $5,207 last year.

Laundry Fee

The Regents also approved a new laundry fee charge of $35 per semester. The laundry fee will provide students with unlimited washing and drying services in the residence halls and will replace a current card-swipe system. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) requested this service with strong support from the Greek Area Council and student constituencies represented by students in the RHA, Holt said.

“Based on what students had seen at other schools, the students want the laundry charge to be included, like the current phone charge, in an upfront room rate charge,” he said.

RHA passed resolutions in spring 2005 and again this spring, requesting the addition of a laundry charge at a rate not to exceed $45 per semester. Holt says the cost of washing and drying a load of clothes in the current card-swipe system is $2.25.

“With the new laundry fee, students can wash one load of clothes for each week of the semester for $2.19 per load and any additional loads for free,” he said.

Non-Traditional Housing Rates

In other action, the Board approved a 4 percent rate increase for non-traditional housing at 401 and 505 Washington Street. The Washington Street Apartments consist of 19 units and vary in number of bedrooms, size of rooms and amenities. Monthly rates for the 2006-2007 academic year will range from $319.34 for a one-bedroom efficiency at 505 Washington Street to $432.06 for a two-bedroom with a balcony at 401 Washington Street.

Residence Life Capital Maintenance and Repair Plan

The $14.6 million residence life budget approved by the Regents today includes increases in expenses due to the addition of a custodial position requested by students and increases in utility costs and salaries. Utility costs are projected to increase 6.9 percent over fiscal 2007, and custodial operational costs are projected to increase by 7.6 percent, said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management.

Meanwhile, Residence Life continues to proceed with a revised capital maintenance and repair plan approved by the Board of Regents in 2002, Holt said. Significant renovations in Southeast’s residence halls have been made over the past five years with additional work planned through fiscal 2010. Upgrades have included new furniture, sprinkler and fire alarm systems, plumbing and shower room upgrades, elevator renovations and improvements, roof repairs and replacements, painting and new carpeting. Renovations in Southeast residence halls over the next five years will include window, mattress and ice machine replacements, roof repairs, sprinkler upgrades and painting.