Fee rise urged for 6 colleges Room, board decision lies with state regents

March 25, 1993|By Sandra J. Forester | Sandra J. Forester,Capital News Service

Students at six state-run universities and colleges may pay more for room and board next fall.

The Finance Committee of the University of Maryland System Board of Regents approved rate increases yesterday for Bowie State University, Towson State University, Frostburg State University, Coppin State College, Salisbury State University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

"They're going to hit the roof," Angela Adams, director of housing and resident life at Coppin State in Baltimore, said of the students, who are on spring break.

The regents will vote on the recommendation May 7.

The increases were proposed by the institutions' presidents to pay for equipment, such as washers and dryers, and planned programs, such as student orientations, Ms. Adams said.

Students at Frostburg State in Western Maryland would see the largest increase in room rates -- 9.2 percent. A double room in a newer dorm now costs $2,000 a year, but would cost $2,184 in the fall.

The same room cost $1,455 in fiscal year 1988.

The 19-meal-a-week plan costing $1,990 this year at Frostburg State would be changed to a 14-meal-a-week plan for the same price, giving students a new option to purchase $100 worth of meals at concessions outside the dining halls.

The university did not raise room or board rates last year.

Frostburg representatives said the increase would pay for residence hall improvements the students want, such as computer labs for common areas and micro-fridges in each room. The micro-fridges combine a microwave, freezer and refrigerator in one unit.

The largest increase in board fees was recommended for Coppin State, which in January opened its first on-campus dormitory and dining hall after serving only commuters for 93 years.

A 19-meal plan costing $1,400 this year would cost $1,500 in the fall, an increase of 7.1 percent.

Dormitory rooms would go from $2,995 to $3,040, an increase of $45.

Earl Jenkins, associate dean of student development at Coppin State, said students will be asked to pay more because Gourmet Services, the company providing food services, is increasing its prices.

The proposed increases at the other institutions follow:

* Bowie State, where double-room rates would rise from $2,008 a year to $2,128. A 19-meal plan would continue to cost $1,691.

* Towson State, where double-room rates would rise from $2,560 a year to $2,580 and a 19-meal plan would increase from $1,800 to $1,840.

* Salisbury State University, where double-room rates would rise from $2,200 to $2,300 and a 19-meal plan would rise from $1,990 to $2,090.

* UMBC, where traditional rooms would rise from $2,210 to $2,278. The 19-meal plan would continue to cost $1,990.

The institutions not recommended for room and board increases are the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UM's University College does not provide room and board.

Richard Stimpson, vice president of student affairs at College Park, said administrators didn't want to boost rates when student demand for on-campus housing is declining.

Administrators said living on campus improves students' chances of staying in school, graduating earlier and getting better grades.

DOUBLE ROOM RATES

Institution .. .. .. .. .. .. Chg.

Frostburg State .. .. .. .. .. 9.2%

Bowie State .. .. .. .. .. .. 6.0%

Salisbury State .. .. .. .. .. 4.5%

UMBC .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..3.0%

Coppin State .. .. .. .. .. .. 1.5%

Towson State .. .. .. .. .. .. 0.8%

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