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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 4:30 am

Central Texas College students who choose to live on campus next year will pay more for housing.

The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday to increase housing rates. Room and board for Morton Hall was raised to $2,090 for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, up from $1,900 the previous year. Summer room and board will be $1,430, up from $1,300.

“With the dorms, (the increase) is to absorb the cost of the contracted daily meal rate, and an increase in maintenance costs,” said Michele Carter, the college’s director of business services.

Rates to live in the college’s on-campus apartments, which house married students, will increase as well. The cost to rent a one-bedroom apartment was increased to $545 from $495, and the cost of a two-bedroom apartment was increased to $630 from $570.

Cater said increased maintenance costs led to higher aparment rent.

This is the second consecutive year the college raised its housing rates. Before that, married-student housing had not seen a rate increase since 2007.

Carter said CTC’s rates were at or below those at similar Texas colleges.

“(The comparisons) showed that CTC was still one of the lowest options available,” Carter said.

A report from the college shows a $2,100 housing cost for fall and spring semesters at Blinn College in Brenham, a $2,800 rate for Northeast Texas College and a $2,375 housing cost for Tyler Junior College.

Carter also said the college’s housing and apartment rates were low when compared with rental housing in Killeen.

“We are still cheaper than anybody else,” said board chairman Rex Weaver.

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