KU students occupying campus housing units can expect to pay an average of 3.2 percent more for a room and board contract in 1994.
Ken Stoner has only to look overhead to be reminded of why student housing costs are projected to rise for the fifth consecutive year.
"When we're not at capacity it puts pressure on for a price increase. Like airlines, we need to fly full," said Stoner, director of student housing at Kansas University.
The Kansas Board of Regents will vote next month on proposed rate hikes for residence halls, scholarship halls and campus apartments at all six state universities.
At KU, the typical student will pay 3.2 percent, or $104, more a year for a room and board contract next fall semester. The cost would rise to $3,336.
The number of residents in university residence halls had declined each year from 1988 to 1992 -- from 4,145 students to 3,352. Occupancy rates had dwindled to just above 80 percent.
However, Stoner said, there were 16 more students in the campus residence hall system than last year, which helped hold down the latest fee increase.
Proposed rate hikes at the regents schools range from a low of 3.2 percent to 5 percent.
Stoner said the additional $200,000 in revenue resulting from the residence hall rate adjustment at KU would cover rising operating costs.
"It basically follows the Consumer Price Index," he said. "There aren't any other changes. We're not proposing to add any new services."
Over the past five years, average increases at KU have been 6.8 percent in 1990, 7.5 percent in 1991, 14.8 percent in 1992, and 4.9 percent in the current academic year.
"I trust we won't have a double-digit increase again," Stoner said. "Fortunately, the last couple of years we've held steady."
Proposed price increases varied depending on the type of campus living space involved.
Here's the breakdown by living group:
- Double-occupancy residence hall without cable television, $3,336 a year, an increase of 3.2 percent.
- All scholarship halls (except Miller/Watkins), $2,384 annually, an increase of 3.1 percent.
- Two-bedroom apartment in Jayhawker Towers, $3,236 per tenant, an increase of 3.2 percent.
- Double-bedroom apartment in Stouffer Place family student housing, $241 a month, an increase of 2.6 percent.
- Double-bedroom duplex in Sunflower Apartments, $425 a month, an increase of 6.3 percent.