The Indiana University Board of Trustees Friday approved a 3.4 percent increase to residence hall rates.
Several residence halls are undergoing renovations and trustee Tom Reilly says the rate increase will help offset those costs.
“The housing units fund their own debt and so there has to be a means for paying for all of this,” he says.
A student group calling itself IU on Strike has launched a campaign against the increase. Sophomore Tucker Lang says he is concerned the hikes would only benefit rich students.
“The economy dorms are to the capacity and they’re not making an effort to expand economy dorms,” he says. “All the focus is on new luxury dorms.”
But Indiana Board of Trustees student member Cora Griffin says she understands the university’s need to increase the rates.
“Hopefully, at the end of the day you know that the investment that you’re making in your education is going to be worth what you’re investing,” she says.
The housing rate increases will affect students on all eight IU campuses.