Winthrop raises housing, meal fees for 2008-09

Student fees for room and board at Winthrop University are going up again.

The school's board of trustees this week gave the OK to charging $55 more than this year for a student meal plan and $115 to $230 more for a residence hall room, depending on the size and style of the room.

Those changes add up to a 4 percent to 6 percent increase in fees.

Winthrop officials cited rising food and energy costs as the main reasons for the increases.

"I think given the climate, this is a very reasonable and prudent recommendation," Winthrop President Anthony DiGiorgio told the board

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus unless they live with their parents within 50 miles of the university.

Officials at Winthrop and elsewhere are bracing for a difficult year financially.

DiGiorgio told board members that only grim news has come from Columbia as lawmakers work on next year's budget, which determines how much money Winthrop and other colleges receive from the state.

Although tuition is not set until June, the lingering question is not if tuition will go up, but how much it will go up.

"There will be tuition increases," DiGiorgio said. "There's no question about that."

For the 2008-2009 school year:

• A meal plan will cost $1,120.

• A suite-style double room will cost $2,005. Hall-style will cost $1,950.

• A suite-style single room will cost $4,010. Hall-style will cost $3,900.

• A one-bedroom apartment-style room will cost $2,960. A two-bedroom will cost $3,370.