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Regents may OK raising rates for university housing

Students at the three state universities could be paying higher housing rates next year if the Arizona Board of Regents approves proposed increases at its two-day meeting this week at Arizona State University.

The regents meet Thursday and Friday to receive reports from various committees, but their main action item is setting the 2008-09 rates for residence halls at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and ASU.

In addition, new rates will be set for leased apartments at UA, family housing at NAU and ASU and meal plans at ASU and NAU.

UA is proposing an average increase of 8.9 percent for undergraduate housing, with the actual annual increase varying from $375 to $549, depending on the dorm. Current yearly rates for undergraduate dorms at UA range from $4,149 to $4,966.

Graduate housing rates also would increase, although to a lesser extent. Graduate apartment rates range from $520 per month to $780 per month, depending on whether the apartment is a one-, two- or four-bedroom unit.

The proposed 2008-09 graduate apartment rate changes would range from $565 to $845, an average increase of 8.5 percent over the 2007-08 rates.

At the request of the UA Residence Hall Association, a $40 fee would be added to the undergraduate rates to support cultural, educational and social programming in the dorms, according to board materials.

ASU is proposing a 5 percent increase in undergraduate residence hall rates, which currently range from $4,020 to $5,970, depending on the type of housing. The new rates would start at $4,200 to $6,400.

NAU is proposing a 5.94 percent increase in undergraduate housing, which now ranges from $3,256 to $3,624. Next year’s rates, if approved, would start at $3,440 and top out at $4,248 for a room in Aspen Crossing, which will be completed this summer.

The regents will meet from 8 a.m to 4:15 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Friday in Old Main on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The meeting is open to the public.

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