Grand Valley freezes housing rates on campus

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Grand Valley State University students and their families can breathe a sigh of relief at one budget item for next year —  for the first time in the university’s history, the Board of Trustees voted to freeze housing rates for all students living on campus next year at 2010 rates.
 
Whether students are returning to campus next year or they are entering Grand Valley for the first time next year, they will pay the same room rate that was set for fall 2010.
 
While Grand Valley’s Housing operation is self-supporting, the opportunity to make this budget decision is tied into the university’s overall climate of operating efficiently and putting the students first. Faculty and staff accepted a pay freeze this year and are also dealing with an increase to their health care costs.
 
“Our goal is to keep higher education accessible and affordable for those who want to study at Grand Valley,” President Thomas J. Haas said. “Our Board leads the way in fiscal responsibility and doing the right thing when it comes to our students. We know how families are struggling right now, and we are so pleased to be able to freeze room rates for students who will be living on campus in the coming year.”
 
There is room for about 5,800 students on campus and they pay a room rate based on the amenities of the unit and whether they share it with roommates.
 
Housing applications are currently being accepted for next year. For more information, go to  www.gvsu.edu/housing .