Room and board increases approved by Kansas Board of Regents

? The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a 2.5 percent increase for room and board at Kansas University.

That will raise the current rate for a typical double occupancy room and meal contract from $7,258 for two semesters to $7,442. That is a $184 increase.

The rate increase will take effect next fall.

Diana Robertson, director of student housing, said the increases are needed to cover increased operating expenses and to continue to make improvements and upgrades.

She said that even with the increases, KU housing and dining rates would remain below Big 12 and national averages. About 5,000 students live in KU housing.

The regents approved a 3.5 percent increase for Kansas State. Emporia State’s rates will increase 3.7 percent; Wichita State, 3.5 percent; Pittsburg State, 3 percent; and Fort Hays State, 1.8 percent.