27 Feb 2012

Residential Room Rates to Increase Next Year

Author: Matthew Thacker | Filed under: BGSU Board of Trustees, Spring 2012

By Matthew Thacker


Students at Bowling Green State University will pay more to live on-campus next year. The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a 2.04 percent increase for residential room rates Friday afternoon.

“The increase in rates is very low,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. She said that the increase was equivalent to an increase in cost of living adjustments, and noted that while residential room rates will rise, student’s meal plan prices will not be affected.

William J. Primrose III, chair of the Board of Trustees, agreed saying during the meeting that the raise in rates makes BGSU’s residential room rates comparable to other schools in the state of Ohio.

The Board of Trustees also approved an increase in course fees for certain courses.

Mazey said that this increase in fees would only affect “specialized courses” which she described as, “some of those courses that have extra consumables,” such as study abroad fees for classes that require international travel.  

The Board of Trustees also approved several proposed renovations being made to campus. The most notable of those being renovations to the Falcon’s Nest—located on the first floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union—that are set to take place this summer.

David Levey, chair of the Board of Trustee’s Financial Affairs Committee, said that the Student Union will remain open during the summer while renovations go on, and the upgrades will work around planned events at the Union.

“This will really transform the First floor and the way we deliver food to our students,” Levey said of the proposed renovations.

Also set for renovations are two resident’s halls. Kreischer residence hall will undergo electrical, data and fire safety upgrades.

McDonald residence hall will begin what Levey called a “phased renovation.” The planned upgrades will include new furniture, landscaping and a new entrance to the facility.

The Board of Trustees also awarded two people with honorary BGSU degrees and agreed to change the name of one degree. The Bachelor of Science Technology with a major in Engineering Technology will now be called a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Technology.

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