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NMSU Regents approve housing and meal rates for 2004-05

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents today (Monday, Jan. 26) approved room and board rates for the 2004-05 academic year and authorized granting a right-of-way to Dona Ana County for the extension of two roads across land owned by the university.


rates at the main campus in Las Cruces will rise by 5 percent to 9 percent at most residential facilities. The additional funds will help pay increased operating costs associated with improved connectivity (such as high-speed Internet and cable TV), rising utility costs and improved grounds maintenance.

Under the new rate schedule, the per-semester charge for traditional residence halls will range from $1,281 to $1,463, depending on the amenities offered. Apartments will range from $1,631 to $1,836 per semester. Family housing units will rent for $490 a month.

Meal plans will increase by $30 a semester, representing an increase of about 3 percent for the three standard board plans and 5.4 percent for the "express" plan. There was no increase in board costs for the 2003-04 academic year.

Jennifer Taylor, assistant vice president for business and finance, said New Mexico State remains competitively priced among regional institutions on room and board.

The board approved granting a right-of-way to Dona Ana County for the extension of Tellbrook Road and Sonoma Ranch Boulevard across land owned by the university to the east of the main campus in Las Cruces.

Rick Kieser, the university's director of real estate, said the road extensions are part of the Metropolitan Planning Organization's plan for meeting the community's future road needs and they are also important to the university's ability to expand the campus to the east as it becomes necessary.

Kieser noted that the right-of-way has been realigned in response to concerns raised by nearby residents.

Also at Monday's meeting, held in Santa Fe, Board of Regents President Laura Conniff said she expects the board will announce five finalists for the NMSU presidency by the end of February. Interviews with the finalists would be conducted during March and the board hopes to make a selection by the end of March, said Conniff, who is chairing the Presidential Search Committee.