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April 13, 2018

Board approves room and board rates, recognizes record number of GPA awards

Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved an adjustment in room-and-board rates for students who live in the residence halls, increasing the rate by 2.97 percent for the 2018-19 academic year.

Room-and-board includes heat, electric, water, trash removal, Wi-Fi, cable TV, cleaning of public areas, engagement center resources, unlimited dining and more. Total residence hall housing and dining costs for next academic year will increase to $10,272. MSU’s rate remains among the least expensive in the Big Ten.

With commencement ceremonies next month, 79 students were recognized as having the highest scholastic average at the close of their last semester, a 4.0 GPA. It is the largest group of students to receive this honor.

Other board activity included:

  • Presentations by student researchers about animal conservation efforts in East Africa and neuroscience.
  • Updates from MSU Youth Programs Director David Chupak and MSU HealthTeam CEO Mike Herbert.
  • Approval of planning a nearly $35 million addition to the Music Building.

Board members also heard more than an hour of public comment on topics including mental health, gender equity, harassment and sexual assault. The board approved several personnel actions and endowments.

The next board meeting will be in June.