Housing, meal plans increase next year

Jessie Hellmann

All campus housing costs increase 5 percent for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The board of trustees approved this increase Sept. 2.

A two-students-per-bedroom apartment will cost $1,964 next year. For the one-student-per-bedroom option, housing will cost $3,512. A super single option, one student in one bedroom, will cost $4,405.

Red, White and Blue meal plans will increase to $1,785 for the 2012-2013 school year, a 3 percent increase.

To proceed with campus housing renovations housing costs and meal plan costs will need to be increased, Vice President of Business Affairs Mark Rozewski said.

Student housing reached 96.2 percent occupancy this fall, Rozewski said.

Provost Ron Rochon said enrollment increased 15.6 percent this academic year. USI students come from 89 Indiana counties, 43 states and 60 countries around the world. Student enrollment reached 10,820 this fall.

Despite increased enrollment, USI remains the lowest funded public institution in Indiana, USI President Linda Bennett said.

Bennett and other presidents of Indiana colleges will speak before the state budget committee to explain tuition increases above the recommended rate Sept. 7 in Indianapolis.

The Honors Program is changing as well. The program formed in 1997 and included 98 students. Currently the program has 468 students, Director Antonina Bambina said.

The required grade point average to participate raised from 3.0 to 3.25. Bambina acknowledged the Honors Program is disproportionally female and white. She said diversifying the program is one of the goals for the program.