Students who have already committed to the 2020-21 Housing Contract, particularly those students who can complete their courses from home, may no longer need or want to live on-campus during the fall 2020 semester.
In an effort to accommodate students, Residential and Hospitality Services is offering the opportunity to “Learn From Home” for the fall 2020 semester for all residence hall students regardless of their schedule (i.e., whether their schedule consists of online, hybrid, or in-person courses). This is not intended for those students who live in on-campus apartments.
This Learn From Home option is intended to be just that: an opportunity for a student to live at home—that is, the place they reside with a parent or legal guardian—while attending classes for the fall 2020 semester. If a student utilizes the Learn From Home option in the fall 2020, the student will not need to live on-campus for an extra semester to fulfill the existing two-semester housing requirement for incoming students.
Please note the Learn From Home option is offered in addition to—not in place of—the Thanksgiving Credit option that was announced in June.
Learn from Home
Students who intend to live with a parent or legal guardian for the fall 2020 semester may apply to live at home for the fall 2020 semester by submitting the Learn From Home Application before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
The application will go live the week of July 13, 2020 and may be accessed from your My Housing Account through the Apply to Learn From Home link.
If your Learn From Home Application is accepted, you will be relieved from their obligations under the 2020-21 Housing Contract for the fall 2020 semester only. This means that MSU will not require you to live on-campus for the fall 2020 semester, nor will MSU charge room and board for the fall 2020 semester.
Learn From Home is only available for the fall 2020 semester. Please continue to check your email for what accommodations—if any-- to make in respect of students’ on-campus housing arrangements for the spring 2021 semester.
At this time, students whose Learn From Home applications are accepted will continue to be bound by the 2020-21 Housing Contract and on-campus housing requirements for the spring 2021 semester only and will be charged accordingly, in accordance with their 2020-21 Housing Contracts. However, your room assignments for the spring 2021 semester may change. We will notify students directly if their room for spring 2021 has changed.
Students who receive, or anticipate receiving, Federal financial aid are strongly encouraged to contact MSU’s Office of Financial Aid or assistance in determining whether resulting changes in room and board costs for the fall 2020 semester may impact their current or future financial aid determination.
Reaffirming Our Commitment
Residential and dining services will be available in accordance with the 2020-21 Housing Contract for all students who live on-campus for the fall 2020 semester.
As President Stanley mentioned in his June 26, 2020 email update on returning to campus, we are putting plans in place to provide as safe an experience as possible. Before move-in, each residence hall will undergo an extensive deep cleaning. Move-in dates will be staggered, and students will be limited in how many people can enter the hall with them. In the dining halls, there will be enhanced grab-and-go options to accommodate mandated seating restrictions. Additional information will be forthcoming later this month.
Frequently Asked Questions
I live in the apartments. Can I sign up?
Learn from home is intended for residence hall students. Apartments are uniquely situated, with kitchens, no required dining plan, in-unit bathrooms, and private bedrooms. If you would like release from your lease you can utilize the contract release process, located in My Housing.
I have a medical reason for not wanting to live on campus.
Both the housing exception process through Student Life, and the contract release process located in your My Housing account, have options for medical releases. Please complete the form and be prepared for your health care provider to submit medical documentation to the University Physician.
I've applied for a contract release. When will I hear back?
In about two weeks. We'll communicate directly to your MSU email, including if we request more information. Please be checking your email regularly.
Do I have to live with my parent or guardian? Can I live off-campus in an apartment?
The Learn from Home option is intended to allow students to live at home—that is, the place they reside with a parent or legal guardian—while attending classes remotely for the fall 2020 semester.
Why was I charged for fall 2020?
Bills for fall semester are typically run the week of July 20, if your application is accepted, we will remove the charge the week of August 3.
Does Learn from Home count for spring semester 2021?
Learn from Home is only available for the fall 2020 semester.
Please continue to check your email for what accommodations—if any—are made in respect of students' on campus housing arrangements for the spring 2021 semester. We will make further decisions on spring once we have more information.
Will I need to live on an extra semester to fulfill the two-semester housing requirement for incoming students?
No, if you utilize the Live From Home option in fall 2020 and return for spring 2021 that will fulfill the requirement for the incoming class of 2020.
If I take advantage of the Learn from Home option for fall 2020, will I have the same room I signed up for spring 2021?
At this time, we cannot guarantee you will have the same room for spring 2021. We will notify you of your spring 2021 assignment later this year.
Will the Learn from Home option affect my financial aid or scholarship?
Students who receive (or anticipate receiving) Federal financial aid are strongly encouraged to contact MSU's Office of Financial Aid for assistance in determining whether resulting changes in room and board costs for the fall 2020 semester may impact their current or future financial aid determination.