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MU announces affordability initiative for students living on campus most common housing/dining plans will be reduced 3.5 percent; students will be able to live and eat on campus for approximately $1,000 a month

COLUMBIA, mo. — many university of missouri students living on campus will see reductions in their living and dining expenses next year due to expanded dining options and a reduction in housing rates, university leaders announced today.

Chancellor alexander cartwright said base housing rates for more than one third of campus housing options will be reduced next year. More than 650 community-style, double rooms (1,300 beds) will drop 2.2 percent while rates for 232 double rooms (464 beds) in hatch hall are dropping 5 percent—creating a new economy housing option.

All other housing rates will remain flat.

In addition, the university is offering new dining plans that include cheaper and more flexible options.Qualify for housing benefit as a result, students who elect economy living and dining plans will be able to live and eat on campus for approximately $1,000 a month.

“we take very seriously our role to be good stewards of investments made in us. These changes are a result of listening to feedback from students and their families, looking carefully at the cost of providing services, and determining ways we could economize,” said gary ward, interim vice chancellor of student affairs and vice chancellor of operations. “the result is that many of our on-campus residents will see lower bills next year.”

“when I was a student working my way through college, I had to be mindful of every dollar,” cartwright said. “I understand the tremendous financial pressure our students face, and I have challenged my team to look for opportunities to enhance the value we provide, making the world-class education offered at mizzou both accessible and affordable.Qualify for housing benefit that is our responsibility not only as the university of missouri, but the university for missouri.”

“the residence halls association serves as an advocate for students and their families,” she said. “these changes are very exciting as they will help to reduce the cost of a mizzou degree and give students and their families even more confidence in choosing mizzou.”

As a result of the new options and reductions, room rates—including utilities, internet, cable, laundry and cleaning of common areas— now start at $714 a month, nearly $350 less annually than the least expensive option currently. Dining plans start at $283 a month, nearly $300 less a year than the smallest plan available now.

• A textbook initiative encouraging open educational resources (OER) in classes, as well as to use the autoaccess option for textbooks at all four campuses.Qualify for housing benefit as a result, textbooks at the mizzou store this fall are, on average, 18 percent cheaper than they were in fall 2016.

In recognition of the value MU provides, the university recently was named a “best buy” by the fiske guide to colleges. This indicates that not only is the university affordable, but it provides a quality education. Only 20 public universities in the country were recognized as a “best buy.”