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Release: March 10, 1999

UI asks Regents to approve increase in room and board rates

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The cost for a double occupancy room with full board will rise $200, to a total of $4,188 at the University of Iowa this fall if the State Board of Regents approves a proposal to be presented Wednesday, March 17 in Ames. The proposed rate is a 5.01 percent increase over the rate for the 1998-99 academic year.

Final action on the proposal will not be taken until the Regents' April meeting.

The overall cost of residence services will rise 5.09 percent under the proposal. That includes average rate increases of 4.95 percent for rooms, 5.33 percent for meals, and 6 percent for University Apartments. The increase is needed to cover anticipated inflation and other increases in operating costs, said Margaret Van Oel, director of UI residence services.

The UI residence hall student government was consulted about the rate increases. Members of the Associated Residence Halls House (ARH) House of Representatives considered several alternatives before settling on the plan submitted to the Regents.

Here are comparisons of the current and proposed rates:

Proposed 

Current

Increase 

Rooms

 ('99-'00)

  ('98-'99)

 Amount

 Percent

Single

 $2,690

 $2,568

 $122

 4.8

Double

 $2,227

 $2,126

 $101

 4.8

Triple

 $1,917

 $1,830

 $87

 4.8

Multiple

 $1,654

 $1,579

 $75

 4.7

 Premiums
Suites

$906

$886

$20

2.3

Kitchen

$327

$283

$44

15.5

Air conditioning

$376

$349

$27

7.7

 Private bath

 $1,274

 $1,221

$53

 4.3

Board rates (7-day plan) 
Full board (20 meals/week)

$1,961

$1,862

$99

5.3

Lunch & dinner (13 meals/week)

$1,880

$1,785

$95

5.3

Breakfast & dinner (14 meals/week)

$1,723

$1,636

$87

5.3

Students living in University Apartments do not have a structured governing body, but they were informed by mail in late February of the proposed rate increases. They will have an opportunity to comment on the increases at a town meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the University Apartments Office.

Here is a comparison of current and proposed rates for University Apartments:

Proposed 

Current

Increase 

Monthly rates

('98-'99)

Amount

Percent

Parklawn efficiency

$274

$250

$24

9.6

Parklawn one-bedroom

$346

$315

$31

9.8

Hawkeye Court one-bedroom

$320

$296

$24

8.1

Hawkeye Court two-bedroom

$363

$345

$18

5.2

Hawkeye Drive two-bedroom

 $438

 $419

 $19

 4.5