Cameron University announces housing, board rates for 2017-2018

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 2017-2018 academic year. Board rates will remain unchanged next year. New housing rates take effect August 1, 2017 for the start of the fall semester.

“Cameron University has worked diligently to keep its housing rates among the lowest in the nation,” says Ninette Carter, Vice President for Business and Finance. “The management of housing properties requires a constant commitment to maintenance and improvement. We especially give serious consideration to student-requested improvements or additions to housing amenities. The implementation of those requests requires funds in excess of housing budgets.”

The Cameron Village apartments opened in August 2005 while the Shepler Center opened in 1969. The buildings require significant annual maintenance and repair to keep them in good working condition and maintain a desirable and quality living-learning environment that is competitive with other housing options.

A fee increase of $50 will offset the rising cost in cable service and will include unlimited access to laundry facilities for residents. Previously, students paid for use of washers and dryers. This additional amenity was requested by current residents.

Housing rates for the current year as well as for the 2017-2018 academic year are

 
Current Rates
Per Semester
2016-2017
Room Increase
Fee Increase
New Rates
Per Semester
2017-2018
Shepler, Double
$    936
$125
$50
$    1,111
Shepler, Single
1,486
125
50
1,661
CV, 4 Bedroom Apartment – 9 month
2,625
125
50
2,800
               Summer
1,375
65
0
1,440
CV, 2 Bedroom Apartment – 9 month
3,040
125
50
3,215
               Summer
1,645
65
0
1,710

Cameron University requires students who live in campus housing to participate in the University’s food service program. The requirement to participate in a food service plan ensures residential students access to balanced and nutritional meals each week of the semester, as well as the opportunity to build community in an on-campus dining environment. Over the past few years, the University’s food service costs have increased between 2.0% and 5.0% each year. Board and commuter plans were increased 3.26% last year. Through negotiations with the university’s food service provider, students will see an increase of $125 in “Flex” dollars without an increase in meal plan rates. This increase in “Flex” dollars allows students to utilize more campus dining options while helping to offset the proposed modest increase in housing rates.

Current and new semester board rates are:

  

Plan Type:
Current Rates
Per Semester
2016-2017
Increase
New Rates
Per Semester
2017-2018
15 Meals Per Week & $300 Flex
$1,615
$0
$1,615
10 Meals Per Week & $320 Flex
1,525
0
1,525
8 Meals Per Week & $400 Flex
1,515
0
1,515
5 Meals Per Week & $400 Flex*
915
0
915
3 Meals Per Week & $550 Flex*
600
   0
600

 *These plans are available only for Cameron Village residents.

Current and new rates for commuter plans:

Plan Type:
Current Rates
Per Semester
2016-2017
Increase
New Rates
Per Semester
2017-2018
Commuter – 10 Meals
$ 66
$0
$66
Commuter – 30 Meals
190
0
190

Cameron’s average rate for room and board during the 2016-2017 academic year is 55.2% less than the national average rate of $10,440 for public four-year institutions.  With a combined proposed average increase of 3.6% for room and board rates, Cameron students will continue to pay less than most students at comparable universities in the state and significantly less than the national average.

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

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January 26, 2017