The University of Maryland's Board of Regents yesterday voted unanimously to raise dormitory fees at its College Park campus by 9.2 percent.
The increase would raise the campus' yearly dorm charge by $155 to $1,842, beginning in August.
A report by the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges shows that Maryland's current $1,687 charge is second only to Temple University's $1,892 rate as the highest housing charge among the nation's public colleges and universities.
In addition, board fees will go up 8.6 percent because of higher projected food prices, equipment purchases and a 2.5 percent decline in the number of students using the dining halls. The university offers four meal plans, the most expensive of which, 19 meals a week, will increase from $1,294 to $1,405 a year.
Room and board at Maryland are entirely fee-supported, and the costs have risen steadily in recent years, in part because of an extensive, six-year renovation of many of the older dormitory buildings.
"The consensus of students was that the 9.2 percent increase should be passed," Student Government Association President Mike Canning said. But he said, "We are creating a vicious cycle by raising dorm fees."
The regents, who met at the university's Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies in Cambridge, Md., passed the room charge increase and an 8.6 percent board fee rise because "everybody understands it's got to go up," Canning said.
Earlier this year the regents voted to raise tuition 13.1 percent next fall to $1,330 a year for Maryland residents and $3,736 for out-of-state students.