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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 20, 2009) – Helping students during a tough economic downturn, UCM’s governing board agreed not to increase room and board fees for the 2009-2010 academic year during its regular meeting March 19.
“We understand the severity of the economic crisis and how it’s affecting our students and their families,” said University President Aaron Podolefsky. “We hope that by keeping our room and board costs flat, it will make a difference for those who may be struggling to afford a college education.”
A Result of Effective Cost Management
Board of Governors President Richard Phillips praised university administrators, particularly the Division of Student Affairs and its housing staff, for helping to keep costs down. Phillips pointed out that approximately 80 percent of the students who attend UCM receive some kind of financial assistance, “so we have to be very sensitive about issues related to cost.”
Student Housing is Self-Supporting
Student housing at UCM is financially self supporting. Patrick Bradley, director of University Housing, said his staff will look at measures such as energy cost reduction to help offset operational expenses that could increase.
“We’re going to make it work,” he said. “We will work very hard to stay within a balanced budget.”
The cost of student housing this fall will continue to be $2,660 per semester for a single, private room, and $2,060 for a double room. Student apartment rates range from $484 per month for a one-bedroom apartment to $653 a month for a three-bedroom apartment, depending on the housing complex. This semester, the university has 2,407 students who live in residence halls, and 357 students who reside in university apartments. Meal plans will remain at $1,100 per semester.