NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Norfolk State University is boosting pay to some employees, without increasing students fees. The pay increase applies to housekeepers, trade and clerical positions.

More than 60 positions are getting the increase. Some workers can see a yearly wage bump of $2,000 to $4,000. It's a move the university is doing to put employees closer to living wage requirements. It's the amount of money people should earn to lead a decent life in the community in which they work.

Mona Adkins-Easley, Associate Vice President for Human Resources at NSU, said they calculated that to be around $26,000.

"We were not able to do that all in one jump, so we came up with $21,500 as a great start," she said.

"I have custody of three of my grandchildren, so that is a big financial blessing for us," said Evangeline Sawyer, a housekeeper for the university. "I just thank God for my NSU family," she added.