Housing, dining rates to increase

From Staff Reports

Students can expect their Washington State University housing and dining rates to increase in fall 2014.

The Board of Regents met Jan. 23 and 24 at the Tri-Cities campus, where it approved an average increase of 3 percent for students living in university apartments and 3.2 percent for those in residence halls.

The average rate of increase was determined by the average cost of a double occupancy room and a level two dining plan.

The increases came following proposals by the Housing and Dining Advisory Board, which is comprised of six university administrators and representatives from seven student organizations.

The board determined the increases after it assessed student input, current rates of inflation and the budget for the upcoming year.

Kathryn Barnard, executive director of university communications, said the increases are intended to maintain the quality of housing and dining services.

“While we haven’t heard from all the institutions, we are one of the lowest as far as cost increases,” Barnard said.