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      Northern Michigan University students face increase in room and board

      Northern Michigan University students will see an increase in room and board costs and new programs to choose from next fall.

      Members of the NMU Board of Trustees discussed the changes at their meeting Thursday afternoon. The cost for room and board will be going up three percent and the university will add seven new programs to their lineup.

      Neuroscience, cyber security and defense, and a four year paralegal program are among the additions.

      "This is a very, very exciting time for Northern Michigan University," said Paul Lang, NMU Provost. "We have some great academic programs; I think that those programs are only going to get stronger and stronger as we move forward."

      "The increase that we're instituting this year will actually be below the average where the other institutions are going to be adjusting their room and board rates by," said Gavin Leach, NMU V.P. Finance. "A lot of those are cost cutting efforts that we had set in place across the institution."

      The general education or liberal studies program could also be in line for an update. Recently the NMU academic senate voted to update it to a more modern focus. That update is just awaiting final approval.