MSU Raises Room & Board 1.95%

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Starting next year, students at Michigan State University will be paying a little more for room and board.

The 1.95% increase is the smallest increase in more than 20 years.
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The university is promising the extra money will help in the long run.

"We reinvest back into the facilities with the income that we get,” said Vennie Gore, Vice President of MSU Auxiliary Enterprises.

"1.95% is a pretty minor increase and frankly we're proud of the work that is being done, and underscore the pilot project they're having. That's all about student retention and success," said MSU Trustee Diane Byrum.

New students will be enrolled in the Spartan Compass program to help them get more acclimated to their school.

The lowest increase for room and board in over two decades helps keep costs low and simple.

"Wi-Fi and cable are included, bus services, laundry are included, and utilities are included, so it's a one-cost thing, we try to make it convenient for students, they can focus on their studies, which is good for mom and dad," said Gore.

The most exciting change will come to Owen Hall: a new dining area exclusive for major food allergens and inclusive to all students.

"We have a number of students that come with food allergies, and this will be certified to be completely allergen free, and we won't have any cross-contamination among the big 8 allergens...celiac and gluten-free."

"It’s not going to segregate students," said Byrum. "Those are all exciting things that are happening at residence life and hospitality, and that should be celebrated."