Southeast Missouri State to increase room and board rates for fall 2023

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Governors approved increases to room and board rates for the fall of 2023 on Friday.

Inflationary cost increases contributed to both a 5% average room rate and average board rate increase effective fall 2023, according to the university.

“The approved rates are necessary to cover rising operations costs for our Residence Life system, debt service obligations, and facility maintenance projects,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success Dr. Debbie Below. “The corresponding occupancy plan also addresses what we are seeing as a growing consumer preference of having a private or single room.”

Private rooms are available in all nine of the university’s residence halls. Rooms designed as single rooms are also available in Towers South and East, Myers Hall, and Greek/Group Housing.

Meal plans also changed to allow some plans to have more flex dollars and fewer block meals to match student dining preferences.

“In fall 2022, we transitioned from weekly to semester meal plans with a goal to maximize the value of the plan to the student,” said Below. “SEMO Dining Services has done numerous surveys and focus groups with students to monitor this change and determine if additional adjustments were helpful to students. To meet student interest, beginning in fall 2023, a greater emphasis on flex dollars will be available in some plans.”

Southeast provides a Residence Life Leadership Award to qualifying students to lower the expense of room and board. The $1,000 annual award is renewable for three additional years and the value increases to $2,000 annually in years three and four.

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