Room and board will increase at all Nebraska universities due to inflation

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Inflation is making on-campus housing more expensive at Nebraska universities.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents unanimously approved a three-year plan that will increase room and board at all of the campuses starting next fall.

The proposal includes a 3% increase at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln each year for the next three school years, raising the total cost by nearly $1,000.

NU President Ted Carter said the plan could actually benefit students by providing “greater predictability regarding costs of attendance.”

This year, room and board cost for a standard dorm with an all-access meal plan at UNL is $12,430.

In the 2025-26 school year, it will be $13,413.

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the cost for the same housing and meal plan will go from $10,944 this year to $12,134 in 2025, which is also a 3% yearly increase.

Students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will see an even larger price hike.

The room and board rates differ by housing complexes and contract lengths, but they will all increase by the same percentage.

The rates will go up by 3.4% in the 2023-24 school year and 3.5% in the two following years.

Off-campus housing prices can range between $600 and $1,200 for one-bedroom apartments in Lincoln.

In Kearney, the average rent is around $750, which means living in a dorm is nearly $500 more expensive per month, though that includes a meal plan.

The Board of Regents said the three-year plan is going to help offset other costs that have increased recently, while keeping housing affordable for students.

“The proposed increases would help cover costs which are increasing related to utilities, food, supplies, and employee compensation,” Carter said.

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