UMKC students to pay more for housing and food after system-wide price increase

Students will be paying more for housing and food next semester after the University of Missouri System decided UMKC will receive the largest price increase out of three UM System universities.

The price hike entails that the most common housing and meal plan at UMKC will increase from $10,334 to $10,638, a difference of about $300.

“The price increase is attributable in part to inflation, particularly utility costs,” states John Martellaro, the director of media relations at UMKC. “UMKC has also invested in improving the quality of the residential life experience.”

Along with UMKC, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-S&T will also receive price hikes. Though these universities will not receive a price hike as high as UMKC’s, their intentions are similar.

Andrew Careaga, who is in charge of marketing and communications at Missouri-S&T, said, “We have increased room and board rates on average by 2 percent in both FY2018 and FY2019 due to rising operating costs and the university’s goal of sustaining the caliber of our residential services and facilities.”

This price hike will go into effect in the Fall 2019 semester.

The University of Missouri-Colombia will be decreasing their housing and food costs by 1.8 percent, however. They did this in an effort to “recruit students” due to their dip in enrollment over the past four years.

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