The Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees has approved an increase in room and board rates for GVSU students.

The board voted to increase the rate 1.6 percent. That increases the average cost for living on campus per semester by $32. The cost per semester in a traditional living center will be $2,725. Students can choose from a variety of meal plans. The cost for the 14-meal a week plan per semester will increase $50 and cost $1,475.

The fall 2015 occupancy rate at Grand Valley was 6,068 students living on campus. More than 7,800 students purchased a meal plan, which means students who don't live on campus still choose to use campus dining.

The rate increase will begin with the fall 2016 semester.

The five-year state average increase of room and board at public universities in Michigan is 3 percent.

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