Room and board going up across NU system, but regents applaud administrators for keeping rates comparatively low

Room and board going up across NU system, but regents applaud administrators for keeping rates comparatively low
The average rate increase at UNO for 2018-19 is 2.7 percent. Meals, or board, are not factored in because a low percentage of students in UNO’s dorms eat in the student cafeteria. (World-Herald News Service)

LINCOLN — University of Nebraska regents Tuesday applauded administrators for keeping room and board rates comparatively low at their institutions.

Rates generally will rise in 2018-19 by about 2 percent at the lowest to 3.5 percent at the highest, although they vary by campus and plan, and there may be some exceptions.

The NU system has campuses in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney and Curtis.

Regent Jim Pillen of Columbus said the rate increases have been much higher in some years.

“Room and board is a big ticket for accessibility,” Pillen said. “I’m greatly appreciative” about these new rates.

Regent Hal Daub of Omaha said officials have worked hard to design rates and meal plans that strive to keep students in the residence halls.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will increase typical room and board by 3.5 percent. A double room next year with the most robust meal plan will cost $11,430, up $386 from $11,044 this year.

The returning-student discount program at UNL will give a $500 reduction to students returning to live on campus in a traditional residence hall room.

At the University of Nebraska at Omaha, those who make an annual payment to live at Scott Court will pay $7,380, up 1.7 percent from $7,260 this year.

But those who make monthly payments at Scott Court will pay a total of $7,800 in 2018-19, up 4 percent from $7,500.

The average rate increase at UNO is 2.7 percent. Meals, or board, are not factored in because a low percentage of students in UNO’s dorms eat in the student cafeteria.

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, new meal plans are being offered because of low participation, so exact comparisons to the current year aren’t possible.

But the most robust meal plan, with a double room, will cost $9,748 in 2018-19, up 2 percent from $9,558 this year.

Rates at UNK will go up 2 percent for students in a double room.

And at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, food plans won’t increase in price, but room rates will rise 2 percent. The most complete meal plan will stay at $2,315 per semester.

The rate for a double room at Aggie West will rise from $2,734 per school year to $2,788 in 2018-19.

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