ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University students will pay nearly 6 percent higher room rates and 7 percent higher food costs beginning in the fall, the university’s Board of Trustees decided at their quarterly board meeting on April 17.
Winthrop officials cite recent indicators showing higher food and energy costs across the nation as the major reasons for the room and board increases for the next academic year, according to J.P. McKee, vice president for finance and business.
The full cost of attendance will be decided at the June 5 board meeting when members set tuition and academic fees. Those fees are dependent on the state budget, which has not been determined by state lawmakers.
For the 2009-10 academic year, residential rates will increase up to 5.9 percent for traditional and suite-style residence hall rooms and 5.8 percent for apartment-style living. Rates for a double room, suite style, will rise $116 to $2,121, while a double room, hall bath style, will increase $115 to $2,065. Students who chose single occupancy, suite style, will pay $232 more, or $4,242, and those in single occupancy, hall bath style, will pay $230 more, or $4,130. One- and two-bedroom apartment room fees will increase 5.8 percent to $3,132 and $3,566, respectively. Click here for a complete list of room and board rates.
Board rates for student meal plans will increase 7.14 percent, or $80 more, to $1,200. Commuters will see up to a 7.5 percent increase for their meal plans.
All Winthrop first- and second-year students who aren’t living with parents within 50 miles of campus live on campus. Students will have access to different types of living/learning communities and special programming created to be “progressively developmental” for traditional-age students. The housing policy is a key part of an educational plan designed by Winthrop to help students acclimate themselves to college while developing the inter-personal skills and judgment necessary to succeed in today’s world.
For more information, contact Rebecca Masters in the Office of the President at 803/323-2225.