room and board


Definition of room and board

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

Examples of room and board in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In January, Norwich offered a prorated refund of room and board to any students who decided to go home. New York Times, "A College President Worried About the Risks of Dorm Isolation. So He Moved In.," 4 Mar. 2021 Although few students pay the actual sticker price after financial aid and other scholarships, in-state tuition, room and board and other fees is $33,937 for the 2020-21 school year. Rick Green,, "In midst of COVID-19 pandemic, UConn attracts record 38,000 applications for the fall of 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 The rack rate at many flagship state universities is now over $100,000 for four years of tuition plus room and board, and dozens of private colleges have unapologetically passed $300,000. Ron Lieber, Town & Country, "Elite Universities Are in an Amenities Arms Race," 23 Feb. 2021 The other 15 1/2 players will pay for tuition, books, room and board, if needed, and whatever fees are associated with attending the school. Tom Canavan, Star Tribune, "FDU going against the norm by adding sports, not axing them," 17 Feb. 2021 Without state aid, private colleges are dependent on tuition, room and board to keep their doors open., "Growing diversity at Albion College," 11 Feb. 2021 But with mandatory fees and increases in room and board costs, the sticker price still increased between 1 to 3 percent this year. Globe Staff,, "UMass expected to freeze tuition for the second year in a row," 16 Mar. 2021 Acceptance letters are being received, financial aid offers are on the table, and room and board deposits are being processed. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, "Scores Of Colleges Announce Plans For Near-Normal Fall Semesters," 4 Mar. 2021 Students would still have to pay for room and board, along with other costs of attendance such as transportation, books and supplies. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "What free college might actually look like," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of room and board

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Room and board.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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