Cameron University announces housing, board rates for 2015-16

Following approval earlier today by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents, Cameron University has set housing and board rates for the 2015-16 academic year. The new rates are effective August 1, 2015.

“Cameron University has worked diligently to keep its housing rates among the lowest in the state and nation, and we take pride in our ability to offer affordable housing options,” says Glen Pinkston, Vice President for Business and Finance. “Our students report that they are appreciative of the improvements made in both Shepler and Cameron Village, yet during listening sessions, additional amenities were identified. The proposed housing rats will partially fund continued improvements.”

Rates for residential apartments in Cameron Village and residence hall rooms in the Shepler Center will increase to allow the university to continue modernizing the Shepler residential facility and to fund increased maintenance in Cameron Village. The Shepler residence halls were opened in 1969, and the bathrooms on each floor are in need of costly renovations. The Cameron Village apartments, opened in August 2005, require significant maintenance and repair in order to keep the facility in “like-new” condition to meet students’ expectations. The condition and amenities of Cameron Village are significant factors in its appeal to students.

Even with a four percent increase, Cameron’s residence hall rates are significantly lower than the rates at similar facilities at peer institutions.

Current and new rates per semester are:

 

Current Rates

Per Semester

2014-2015

 Increase

New Rates

Per Semester

2015-2016

Shepler, Double

$   775

$ 40

$    815

Shepler, Single

 1,300

65

1,365

CV, 4 Bedroom Apartment – 9 month

2,550

75

2,625

               Summer

1,375

0

1,375

CV, 2 Bedroom Apartment – 9 month

2,950

90

3,040

               Summer

1,645

0

1,645

The rates listed for Shepler do not include a required $121 per semester fee for cable, internet, phone and the Student Housing Association.

An increase in board meal plans will ensure access to quality food at times convenient to students and will offset increases in costs associated with the university’s food service contract. Specifically, the increase is needed to provide funds for an anticipated food service contract cost increase and for cafeteria renovations and equipment.

“With the proposed average increase of approximately five percent for food services, Cameron students will continue to pay less than most students at comparable universities in the state and significantly less than the national average,” says Pinkston.

Last year, meals were added to the dining/convenience plan to encourage all students to utilize community-style cafeteria dining. This change was well-received by students as it provides an opportunity to dine at times when it is convenient for them, while still allowing them the opportunity to eat in the cafeteria without utilizing their Flex dollars.

Current and new semester board rates are:

Plan Type:

Current Rates

Per Semester

2014-2015

Increase

New Rates

Per Semester

2015-2016

15 Meals Per Week & $140 Flex

$1,436

$72

$1,508

10 Meals Per Week & $175 Flex

1,366

69

1,435

8 Meals Per Week & $250 Flex

1,366

69

1,435

5 Meals Per Week & $250 Flex*

810

40

850

4 Meals Per Week & 150 Flex*

594

Discontinued

Modify the following plan:

Plan Type:

Current Rate

Per Semester

2014-2015

New Rate

Per Semester

2015-2016

Dining/Convenience Plan* – Available only to Cameron Village residents

 

 

2 Meals Per Week & $400 Flex

$425

Discontinued

3 Meals Per Week & $400 Flex               

n/a

$500

Current and proposed rates for commuter plans:

Plan Type:

Current Rates

Per Semester

2014-2015

Increase

New Rates

Per Semester

2015-2016

Commuter – 10 Meals

$ 58

$4

$ 62

Commuter – 30 Meals

170

10

180

In 2014, Cameron was ranked among the U.S. News & World Report’s Short List of “10 Colleges with Low Fees for Room and Board,” recognizing Cameron’s average rate for room and board during the 2014-2015 academic year as the third-lowest in the nation and 52.4 percent less than the national average rate of $9,804 for public four-year in-state institutions.

For detailed information on housing and board plans, go to www.cameron.edu/housing.

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January 28, 2015

PR# 15-005