Update: NU Regents Approve Housing Rate Increase

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The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted 6 to 2 in favor of increasing the cost of dorm living on several campuses.

It costs around $9,000 each year, room and board, to live on campus.

But a new proposal increases that by $400.

It's a 4.5 percent increase for housing in the next academic year. The cost would raise again by no more than 4.5 percent for the 2014-2015 school year.

The increase applies to UNL, UNK, the Nebraska College Of Technical Agriculture and UNO.

Officials say they want more students to live on campus, so they'll appeal to upper class students and more international students.

"We are constantly doing everything we can to keep our occupancy levels at a rate that will allow us to keep our room and board rate increases as low as possible. I want you to know also, we don't have to be 100 percent full to be successful and to be fiscally viable," UNL Housing Administration Director Susan Gildersleeve said.

Add the increase to that the governor's proposal to get rid of a $600 tax exemption, and students are looking at a cost of around $10,000 to live on campus next year.

Freshman Brittney Olson says, "My parents help me out with paying for college and everything but some people don't have that option and I don't think it's a good thing that they're raising the price."

For these students and their parents, it's all part of the rising cost of education.

Freshman Katie Jearram says of her parents, "I think they'd be kind of upset about it but I know that they would pay it anyway if it meant that I could go there."

Some students say an increased cost to live on campus would definitely put a burden on them and their families, but others say they understand - when the cost of living goes up, prices follow.

Freshman Samantha Baker says, "I also understand that there's a lot of expenses that the university has and I know that they're trying to find ways to make budget and all that so I wouldn't be in favor of it but I understand."

A university spokesman says UNL understands the need to keep costs low, but says the increases reflect higher costs of providing services.

He says the university feels it is still competitive with other Big 10 schools.