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SIU increases several fees at Edwardsville campus

The Southern Illinois University board of trustees on Thursday increased several fees for the Edwardsville campus for the 2014-15 academic year.

The changes made during the board’s meeting on the Carbondale campus included the student fees for Housing occupancy rates, Information Technology, Textbook Rental and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Other fee changes were approved for the Student Welfare and Activity Fee, Student Fitness Center, Facilities, the Morris University Center and resident meal plans.

Annual rental rates for a shared room at Woodland, Prairie and Bluff residence halls will be $5,590 compared with the current charge of $5,430. A deluxe single room will cost $11,180 annually compared with $10,860 now.

Annual housing rates at Evergreen Hall will be $5,940 for a shared apartment in fall 2014 compared to $5,770 now. A private apartment in fall 2014 will be $7,930 compared to $7,700 now. A private suite rate in fall 2014 will be $6,730 as opposed to $6,530 now.

Upperclassmen residing in Cougar Village Apartments will pay $4,250 per year in fall 2014 for a shared room compared with $4,130 paid currently per year. A single room will cost $6,310 annually compared with $6,130 now. A deluxe single room has decreased to $7,310 per year compared with $8,260 now.

Families in Cougar Village, now paying $1,020 per month for a two-bedroom, unfurnished apartment, will pay $1,050 in the fall 2014. A family paying $1,195 per month now for a furnished two-bedroom apartment will pay $1,230 per month in fall 2014. Families in a three-bedroom unfurnished apartment now paying $1,145 per month will pay $1,180 per month in fall 2014. A three-bedroom furnished apartment is now $1,340 per month and will be $1,380 in fall 2014.

Occupancy fee rate increases will offset inflationary cost increases, fund debt service payments, maintain adequate fund balances in housing operations and provide for administrative costs.

The Resident Housing Association received a 3 percent increase per semester in the meal plan charges for residents living in residence halls on the mandatory meal plan. The rates were developed for the academic year effective fall 2014 to offset inflationary cost increases in labor and food.

The Information Technology fee will change from $7.05 per credit hour to $7.25, a 2.8 percent increase resulting in a full-time undergraduate student paying $217.50 annually (two academic semesters of 15 hours each) compared with $211.50, currently. This fee helps defray the costs of supporting computing resources and networking infrastructure on campus.

Textbook rental fees will increase by $21 for the academic year effective fall 2014. The textbook rental fee is assessed at the same rates year-round. The annual rate for 30 hours will increase from $369 to $390. The 5.7 percent increase will offset other inflationary operating cost increases in salaries and the cost of books, provide necessary levels of service and maintain an appropriate fund balance.

A full-time undergraduate student (30 credit hours) will pay an Intercollegiate Athletics annual fee of $352.80 beginning in the fall, a change from the current rate of $341.30. The approved 3.4 percent increase of $11.50 will support the annual operating expenses associated with an NCAA Division I program and will move the program toward established fund balance targets.

Annually (for a full-time student enrolled in 15 hours or more during fall and spring)

FY14 … FY15 Change

• SWAF $229.90 … $233.20 + 1.4 %

• Student Fitness Center $168.40 … $173.40 + 3.0 %

• Facilities $570.00 … $585.00 + 2.6 %

• University Center $323.10 … $333.00 + 3.1 %

The board also approved a 15 percent differential tuition surcharge to all undergraduate majors in the School of Engineering. The surcharge will result in an additional charge of $1,094 (30 credits hours) for engineering students.

The board approved an alternate tuition of 1.8 times the in-state tuition rate ($7,296) for SIUE non-resident undergraduate and graduate students who are participating in dual diploma programs, including those students from Istanbul Technical University.

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