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Housing Contract Cancellation

Are you considering moving off campus or commuting? If yes, students should notify Residence Life as soon as possible if they need to break their housing contract for an approved reason (please see our information about our three-year residency requirement to determine whether your circumstance is an approved reason to move off campus).

There is no cancellation charge for students who are not attending the University (study abroad or Queens or transferring to another institution) or are graduating. There are cancellation charges for students who agree to the terms and conditions of the contract and then decide to commute or live off campus:

  •  Before May 1: Students may cancel their Housing Contract, without penalty, by submitting the Housing Contract Cancellation Form.
  • Between May 2 and June 30: Students may cancel their Housing Contract by submitting the Housing Contract Cancellation Form. Students are not financially obligated to the Housing Contract; however, a contract breakage fee of $350 will be assessed.
  • Between July 1, and July 31: Students may cancel their Housing Contract by submitting the Housing Contract Cancellation Form. Students are not financially obligated to the Housing Contract; however, a contract breakage fee of $500 will be assessed.
  • After July 31: Residents may request to be released from their Housing Contract by submitting the Housing Contract Cancellation Form. 

A completed Housing Contract Cancellation Form will be forwarded to the Housing Contract Appeals Committee. The Committee will review the student's request and determine whether he/she may be released from the contract. Requests to be released from Housing Contracts will be granted only when there is a verifiable change in financial or medical conditions. Documentation of changes to financial or medical conditions must be submitted with the Contract Cancellation Request Form. Note: It is rare that students will be released from their Housing Contract after July 31st.

If the request is approved, the student will be responsible for paying the $500 contract breakage fee, as well as any charges for dates of occupancy. A student who is approved to be released from their Housing Contract is eligible for a prorated refund of room and board charges. The effective refund date will be determined based on the date the student officially checks out of the residence hall. If the request is denied, the student will be expected to fulfill their financial commitment to the Housing Contract. If a resident is not satisfied with the Committee's decision, he or she may appeal the decision to the Dean of Student Life. The Dean of Student Life's decision is final.

The Housing Cancellation Form can be found here: Housing Contract Cancellation Form

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