room and board


Definition of room and board

: lodging and food usually furnished for a set price or as part of wages

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Students from families earning less than $65,000 get tuition plus mandatory fees, room and board. Dallas News, "UT-Austin promises free tuition to students with family income less than $65,000 in 2020," 9 July 2019 These figures take into account tuition, mandatory fees and room and board. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 Hunter worked odd jobs—parking cars at events and unloading sixty-pound boxes of frozen beef—to help pay for his room and board. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?," 1 July 2019 Laura Beth Resnick, owner of Butterbee Farm in Pikesville, first discovered farming in college during a summer program in which students worked on a farm in exchange for room and board. Libby Solomon, Washington Post, "Community of women-owned, first-generation farms growing," 10 June 2019 Tuition, fees and room and board for full-time Illinoisans have doubled at nearly each state university since the 2003-04 school year, according to state data. Dawn Rhodes,, "How much money are Illinois colleges getting in the new budget? ‘It’s definitely good news for colleges and universities.’," 19 June 2019 Tuition and fees at the university now cost $42,430, plus $9,030 for room and board, according to the university's website. Sarah Ladd And Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "How will Bellarmine's leap to Division I impact the university's students?," 19 June 2019 Veteran players are paid $2,000 a week in minicamp, the same as training camp, and first-year players make $1,150 per week, but rookies are not entitled to any additional compensation for minicamp other than room and board. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions mailbag: How this roster compares to the rest of the NFC North," 6 June 2019 Colleges also have a built-in financial interest in admitting students who can pay full tuition, which now averages $35,830 at private four-year colleges, according to the College Board, not including $12,680 in room and board. Ben Steverman,, "Rich Parents Have Plenty of Ways to Game the U.S. Education System," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of room and board

1849, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of room and board

chiefly US : a place to stay with meals provided and included in the price

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