BGSU hikes room & board PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor   
Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:21
Falcon Heights residence hall at BGSU. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
HURON - Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees voted Friday to bump up room and board costs for students next year. The increases shouldn't push the university from its fifth place spot on the chart comparing room and board at 13 universities throughout Ohio.
Sheri Stoll, chief financial officer at BGSU, assured the board that the increases were necessary.
"We were very cognizant of what this is going to mean" to students, Stoll said to the trustees who met on the Firelands campus Thursday and Friday.
The average room charge will go up 2.37 percent. Depending on the type of room, the rates will range from $2,580 to $3,800 per semester. So the increase will mean $60 to $85 more per semester.
Stoll told the trustees that room rates at other universities were considered prior to the increase being recommended.
"We don't expect our position, relative to other schools, to change," she said.
The room rates vary depending on the location and size, with the less expensive rooms in Harshman, Kohl, Kreischer, and McDonald, followed by Greek housing and Conklin North, then Offenhauer Towers and Founders, and the most expensive being Centennial and Falcon Heights.
The trustees also bumped up the amount students will be paying for their on-campus meal plans. According to Stoll, the university avoided a meal rate increase this year, but couldn't prevent one for next year.
"Food prices are continuing in some instances to increase," she said.
The meal plans will go up an average of 2 percent. Depending on the type of meal plan, the new food rates will range from $1,542 to $1,992 per semester.
Tuition hikes are traditionally discussed in May or June.

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