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SUNY Cortland Holds the Line on Room and Board

SUNY Cortland Holds the Line on Room and Board


Over the last five years, the price of public college room and board has increased by nearly 10 percent above the rate of inflation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

But not next year. Not at SUNY Cortland.

Recognizing the burden that steadily rising costs places on our college students and their families, SUNY Cortland officials have decided to hold the price of room and board steady for the 2016-17 academic year. That means the rental rates for on-campus housing and the price of SUNY Cortland’s meal plans will not increase next year from their current level.

It’s just another way that SUNY Cortland is trying to keep its high-quality educational experience affordable for all deserving students, President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. And it’s the kind of student-focused policy that led Consumer’s Digest to name SUNY Cortland one of the nation’s top 50 “best value” public colleges and universities in 2015.

College room rates ­­– currently $3,910 a semester for a standard double ­– will remain unchanged, even though all campus residence halls will have been recently updated and renovated once DeGroat Hall reopens in the fall.

Similarly, the College’s Auxiliary Services Corporation is maintaining the current price of its on-campus meal plans. The cost of a standard Silver plan will remain $2 190 per semester.