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Financial Hardship

Please provide the following information:

  1. A completed an Exemption Request Application Form
  2. Please attach a letter and supporting documentation explaining these things:
    • Reasons why you believe your case is extraordinary
    • Why moving to another residence hall/room will not solve your situation
    • The resources you have used (both on and off campus) to help you with your current situation
    • How living off campus will solve your problem.

Students requesting exemption from the university’s Housing Policy should be aware that their ability to secure less expensive off-campus housing is NOT, in and of itself, valid demonstration that a financial hardship exists. Requests based solely on this reason will not be approved.

All applicants for financial hardship MUST have completed their financial aid file BEFORE the release/exemption request can be processed. You may pick up the free financial aid forms in the Financial Aid Office, located in the Hardeman Student Services Center. Financial aid forms may take six weeks or longer to process. Requests for financial hardship may be denied if you have not completed your application for financial aid.

If you are not eligible for financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships, etc) or if your request for financial aid has been denied, you must include a copy of the notification from ASU stating that you are not eligible to receive financial aid.

If you lived in campus housing for the fall semester, you will need to show that the hardship occurred after the start of the current academic year.

Once your application is complete, we will process your request. Among the items considered is the amount of financial aid that you receive along with the average cost of attending ASU. Based on the information we receive, your request will be granted or denied.

If your request is denied, you will need to follow the procedure for requesting an appeal.

 

Housing Exemption Requests: Decision and Appeals Processes

A University Housing Appeals Committee is available to review the decisions of the Office of Housing & Residential Programs when an appeal is made by a student whose request for an exemption has been denied.

If a registration hold has been placed on your record, you will be unable to register for classes until a decision has been reached on your request for exemption. This means that if you submit your request for exemption late, on or near the deadlines dates, or incomplete, you may not be able to register for classes until the next registration period (this period may or may not be prior to the start of the semester).

You should NOT make off-campus housing arrangements until you receive WRITTEN notification from the Office of Housing and Residential Programs that your request for exemption has been approved.

A student who gives false information concerning housing will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible suspension from the University. A student found to be living off-campus without approval from the Office of Housing and Residential Programs will be notified through their ASU student email account to move on campus. If this is not accomplished within ten (10) class days, the Director of Housing & Residential Programs will initiate disciplinary action.

 

Approvals

If your request for release/exemption is approved, you will receive written notification stating the reason your request was approved. You will be billed through the date of the approval or the date that you officially check out of your residence hall room. If this date is after the start of the semester, you will be billed for room and board charges through the date that you officially check out of your residence hall room. Room rates are pro-rated on a daily basis and board rates are pro-rated on a weekly basis.

 

Denials/Appeals

If your request for release/exemption is denied, you will receive written notification of the decision to deny, along with the reason(s) your request was denied. Current students or new students who have received their ASU e-mail account will be notified via that e-mail account. Prospective students or applicants who do not have ASU e-mail accounts will be notified by U.S. Mail.

You may appeal the denial of your request by submitting a written request to the Student Life Office, University Center #112, attention: Chairperson of the Housing Appeals Committee. You can reach the Student Life Office by phone at (325) 942-2191 or via fax at (325) 942-2126.

Your appeal request should consist of a written statement of why you are appealing the decision as well as any additional or new information that was not included in your original exemption request that you would like to have considered for your appeal. Specific details regarding deadlines for submitting the appeal, date of the next scheduled appeals committee meeting, etc., will be included in the denial notification.

If the Housing Appeals Committee upholds the denial of your request for release/exemption, you will be expected to reside in university-owned housing and you will be held financially responsible for the full duration of your contract. A space in the residence halls will be held for you to uphold the university’s responsibility to the contract.

If the Housing Appeals Committee approves your appeal, the committee chairperson will notify Housing & Residential Programs of the approval. You will be expected to follow the procedures to schedule and complete a proper check-out of your assigned room with your hall staff. Any required room and/or board charges (if applicable) will be pro-rated based on the date that you complete your proper check out.

Housing Policy Exemption

Read the options for release/exemption and select the one that best fits your situation. If you have questions regarding any of the exemption information, please contact our office for assistance. Once you have made your choice, you should read the instructions carefully and submit your application for release/exemption with all supporting documentation to:

Attention: Tracy Wright Baker,
Assistant Director
Housing & Residential Programs Office
ASU Station #11016
San Angelo, TX 76909-1016
FAX: (325) 942-2239
E-mail: housing@angelo.edu

The decision to release you from your academic year housing contract and grant an exemption to the ASU Housing Policy will be based on a significant hardship and our inability to meet your needs within the residence hall system. In most cases, completed applications will receive a written response within 10 business days. Exceptions are financial hardship and medical hardship requests. Because of the additional documentation required, these categories may take longer to process.