The Division of Residential and Hospitality Services will not alter the rates for its services for the 2020-21 academic year. The decision was approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at its virtual meeting May 15. Last year, the Board approved a 1.95% increase, which compensated for residence hall and dining expense inflation, and facilities repairs and renovation.
Culinary Services Director Rebecca Selesky feels this aligns with the division’s values. “Our enduring mission is to provide outstanding Spartan experiences, and the best way we can do that right now is to maintain current rates for our students, faculty and staff and continue to increase safety measures that are so critically important.”
The impacts of COVID-19 are vast, and many have been financially impacted. Preparing for a post-COVID-19 world, the division’s focus remains student success. “With the challenges that many families are facing this year, we felt it prudent to help support student success by freezing our room and board rates," said Executive Director for Residence Education and Housing Services Ray Gasser.
Rates can be found at liveon.msu.edu/rates.
As a division, RHS continues to be guided by public health officials as well as university leaders and partners. RHS has established six task forces that will assist in planning for recovery and the eventual return of students and team members to campus. Because of the uncertainty of the pandemic, the division is planning for numerous scenarios in an effort to be prepared for what lies ahead.
"As a division designed to support the success of MSU's students, we know the actions we take now can have a great impact on that success, including their persistence to graduation," said Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises Vennie Gore. “Together, we'll work to make sure our Spartans have the best experience they can, no matter what the future holds.”