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UNI Department of Residence unveils plan to freeze rates for two years

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Pat Beck, assistant director of residence/marketing, (319) 273-2333
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, recently approved a pilot plan developed by the UNI Department of Residence, allowing students living in the residence halls to receive the same dining/housing rate for the first and second years of their contracts. The '2-Year Advantage' plan also allows students to move to campus the Thursday before classes begin at no extra charge, and it waives the $200 pre-payment charge during the second year of the contract.

Pat Beck, assistant director of residence/marketing, said the plan may include other benefits as it evolves. 'Immediately, it helps families budget for the cost of higher education,' she said. 'The true and lasting advantage comes with the benefits students gain from a multi-year experience in residence hall communities.'

A similar program has been developed at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where it has been successful.

Residence hall rates at UNI -- and the other regent institutions -- have risen steadily since 1988. In 2003, the rate increase was $278, or nearly 6 percent. Beck believes the 2-Year Advantage plan will, ultimately, help control costs in the future. 'Having more residents on campus builds stronger communities, improves our efficiency and makes it possible to keeps costs down for all residents,' she said.

Information about the plan was presented during student orientation sessions this summer, and sent to all students who have a fall contract for housing in UNI residence halls. If you would like more information, contact the Department of Residence, (319) 273-2333.