Room and board at Michigan State will increase by nearly four percent this fall. That means students will be paying about $348 more per year for living on campus.
The Board of Trustees approved the increase today. The university says labor and food costs are going up, and so is the cost to renovate older buildings.
Vennie Gore, the Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises, says "If you really look at our rate increases,, we -- they're really small small, relative to how we're trying to manage our costs because we want to be affordable for our students to live with us."
He says that while the state is increasing funding for higher education, his department is not eligible for that money.