Iowa State Offers Students $1,000 to Leave Dorm Rooms

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By Rachel Begle

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Some Iowa State University students were offered $1,000 incentives to give up their dorm rooms so there'd be space for incoming freshmen.

The Des Moines Register says ISU officials expected another record enrollment of freshmen this fall.

Returning ISU students received an email in June that offered a $500 incentive to move from the dorms. But the dorm residents told administrators the incentive wasn't enough because it covered only the increased cost of an apartment. Just 31 students accepted the offer, a credit that could be applied only to other university housing.

Officials increased the offer to $1,000, and more than 90 students, including those who took the initial lower offer, received the $1,000 credit.

Room and board, on average, costs $7,721 per year.

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