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NMSU regents approve housing and meal rates for 2005-06

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University today (Monday, Jan. 31) approved housing rates for the 2005-06 academic year that average 3 percent higher than this year's rates, with the cost of some units remaining unchanged from this year.

New meal plans also were approved.

Departing from across-the-board increases in housing rates allows the university to provide meaningful price differentiation among the residential facilities on campus, giving students more options, said Jennifer Taylor, associate vice president for business and finance.

The new rates will range from $1,319 to $1,902 per semester for various residence hall and apartment complex options. Family housing units will be $515 per month for two-bedroom houses and $772 per month for four-bedroom apartments.

Compared with this year's costs, two housing options will remain unchanged, four will rise by 3 percent and four will see 5 percent increases. The new rates are competitive with regional universities and with the local market, Taylor said.

A restructuring of meal plans was negotiated with ARAMARK, the university's food services contractor, to give students more flexibility in where they eat on campus, Taylor said. Under the new plan, all of the membership levels above the "Dining Express" program will cost the same amount - $1,130 per semester - but students will have various options for applying some of their food dollars to a "flex money" program for use at alternate dining locations on campus, and a "to-go" meal option has been added to each plan.

The "Dining Express" option, which offers fewer meals than the other plans, will cost $620 a semester.

The meal plan changes result in a maximum increase of 3.67 percent, excluding the "flex money" portion of the plans.