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University of Iowa News Release

March 16, 2006

Regents To Consider UI Room And Board Rate Changes

The cost for a double occupancy room with full board will rise $301, to a total of $6,374 at the University of Iowa this fall if the Board of Regents, State of Iowa approves a proposal to be presented Tuesday, March 21 in Ottumwa. The proposed rate is a 4.95 percent increase over the rate for the current academic year.

The UI residence hall student government and students who make up the membership of Associated Residence Halls were consulted about the rate increases before settling on the plan submitted to the Regents.

Final action on the proposal is not expected until the Regents' May meeting.

The increase includes average rate increases of 4.7 percent for rooms, and increases of between 3 percent and 5.6 percent for board plans. It also includes a zero percent increase for UI apartments and family housing. The increases are needed to cover routine increases in operating costs and ongoing maintenance, as well as improvements to the residence system, said Von Stange, director of UI residence services. Tenants in University Apartments will receive broadband Internet access to their apartments, with a cost of $18 per month added to their rent.

The increase in room and board rates between 2004-05 and 2005-06 averaged 3.7 percent, he said.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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