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Board Of Trustees Adjusts Spring 2021 Room & Board Rates

Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved a proposal to adjust room and board rates for the spring 2021 semester, the university announced Thursday morning.

The board’s ruling comes after the university announced it would delay the start of in-person classes to February 15. As such, on-campus students will remain at home until then while dorms are closed.

Under the new proposal, standard double room rates for the semester were lowered to $2,754, a drop of $673. Meanwhile, mid-level meal plan costs were lowered by $284, settling at $2,165.

Adjusted University Park room and board rates
Adjusted spring 2021 meal plan rates

Originally, standard double rooms for the academic year cost $3,426 per semester, while mid-level meal plans sat at $2,449 per semester. Combined, the reductions will save those living in a standard double on a mid-level meal plan 16.3%.

In a statement, Penn State said the reduced rates were calculated using a daily proration for both the room fee and meal plan component based on the number of days students will be at home during the remote learning period.

Back in July, the Board of Trustees lowered room and board rates using the same prorated formula, accounting for students not returning to campus following Thanksgiving. Those reductions were approximately 11.7% lower than fall 2019’s rates.

Updated housing and meal plan rates for each campus and living option are available online.

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