Cost of Campus Meal Plans Continues to Grow

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The price of college meal plans continues to grow  and it’s contributing to the rising costs of higher education, according to an article published this month in The Hechinger Report.

A recent analysis of college dining contracts show that the amount of money students spend on meal plans outpaces what the average American shells out for food each year.

“This is at least in part because, with states cutting their higher-education budgets and families chafing at continuing tuition hikes, universities and colleges can make money from their meal plans,” reporter Tara García Mathewson noted.

She later added: “For many students, however, more expensive meal plans mean more borrowing and tough decisions about whether to trade convenience for cheaper living off campus.”

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Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at mstegmeir@nacacnet.org.

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