Regents Emphasize Affordable Access to Education in Vote on Room and Board Rates

CL-ResLifeCAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, Feb. 28, 2015 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today set new room and board rates, effective with the fall 2015 semester.

Under the approved plan, the average combined room and board rate increase will be .33 percent for 2015-2016, according to Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students.

This is the second consecutive year in which room and board rates have increased less than one percent at Southeast.

“The new rate schedule reflects an effort to hold room rate increases to a minimum to contain costs for students,” she said.

Room rates in nine of Southeast’s 13 residence halls will remain the same as this year, Below said. In addition, board rates for fiscal 2016 also will remain steady at fiscal 2015 levels.

Room Rates

The average room rate increase is .5 percent, which reflects costs for personnel, student labor, operations, maintenance and repair. Private room rates continue to be 1.5 times the rate of a double room.

A small room rate increase was approved for Dearmont Hall, a Southeast residence hall along Normal Avenue converted last fall to entirely single rooms.

CL-ResLife“Interest in this living community has exceeded projections, and a waitlist was formed at times to manage requests,” Below said.

Rates in Dearmont beginning in fall 2015 will be $5,450.

The remaining residence halls that will see modest room rate increases are the community-style halls of Towers South and East, and Cheney Hall, where rates were set at $4,300.

“This increase will maintain a balance in the rate charged for community-style and suite-style housing,” she said.

Rates for Southeast’s other residence halls in 2015-2016 will remain at 2014-2015 rates of $5,000 for Group Housing;  $6,000 for Towers North and West, Myers, Vandiver and Henderson; and $6,250 for Dobbins River Campus Center, Merick and LaFerla halls.

The Regents today were also informed about the potential for a new living-learning community for next academic year that will create a military-themed living environment. Student, faculty and staff participation in this community space is currently being discussed, Below said.

“Southeast has a long and successful history of education students who are active duty military personnel or veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces,” Below said.

Living-learning communities provide students with opportunities to engage both academically and socially with students who share common academic or co-curricular interests.

Board Rates

LOC-TowersCafeWith Board rates remaining steady for next academic year, and under the standard board rate schedule, the most popular plan – 15 meals per week plus $140 in flex dollars – will cost students $2,675 annually. The 19-meal plan plus $116 in flex dollars is $2,890. The 10-meal plan plus $160 in flex dollars is $2,390. The five-meal plan plus $270 in flex dollars is $2,050.

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 most campus dining locations to buy additional meals, food items, snacks and beverages.

The holding of board rates at the fiscal 2015 level is consistent with the University’s new dining contract with Chartwells, Below said.

With today’s approved room and board rates for 2015-2016, a student living in Towers South/East with a 15-meal plan will pay $6,975, up from $6,925 this year, Below said.