UPDATED 2021-22 RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

As a residential campus, BGSU is committed to offering students a rich on-campus housing experience and will transition back to full occupancy for the 2021-22 academic year – which includes the use of double rooms.

However, we recognize this year is like no other, and current students may need additional flexibility when it comes to the two-year live-on requirement during the 2021-22 academic school year.

REQUIREMENT WAIVED
The 2021-22 residency requirement has been waived for:

  • Students enrolled in Fall 2020
  • Students enrolled in Spring 2021

Learn more returning student information

REQUIREMENT NOT WAIVED
The 2021-22 residency requirement has not been waived for:

  • Students enrolled for the first time in Fall 2021 unless they meet one of the housing exemptions.

Learn more new student information

Dear Student,

We know you and your family are reviewing housing options for the 2021-2022 academic year. In order to facilitate your planning, I am writing to provide you the BGSU 2021-22 Residency Requirement Policy.

As a residential campus, BGSU is committed to offering students a rich on-campus housing experience and will transition back to full occupancy for the 2021-22 academic year – which includes the use of double rooms.

However, we recognize this year is like no other, and you may need additional flexibility when it comes to the two-year live-on requirement during the 2021-22 academic school year:

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT WAIVED
The 2021-22 residency requirement has been waived for:

  • Students enrolled in Fall 2020
  • Students enrolled in Spring 2021

If you have not lived on campus for two years (four semesters), this also applies to you and means if you prefer to live off campus, you are automatically waived from the requirement. But if you prefer to live on campus next fall, there will be a bed for you, and the 2021-22 Housing Application will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

It’s important to point out that the residency requirement has not been waived for fall 2021 Future Falcons. If you have a sibling, friend or family member considering BGSU next fall, I hope this information helps you answer their questions if they come to you for advice.

More details are forthcoming about housing application processes; however, we hope this information provides you and your family with sufficient information to begin planning for an exciting and memorable fall 2021 semester.

Sincerely,

Jodi Webb
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

BGSU Residency Requirement

Living on campus is an important part of your overall success as a BGSU student. It has been proven students who live on campus have a higher GPA – and persistence towards graduation – faster than their peers who live off campus. Because of this, Bowling Green State University’s Board of Trustees has set a Residency Requirement that states a student must live on campus their first two years. The Residency Requirement is enforced unless one or more of the exemption criteria are met -or- the student has an approved housing appeal.

HOUSING & DINING AGREEMENT

The On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreements below establish the terms and conditions of occupancy in the University residence halls between the room occupant and Bowling Green State University. All residents are expected to review and understand the obligations outlined in their agreement.

Every room selection process, the Housing and Dining Agreement must be accepted in the Housing & Meal Plan Application, located in MyBGSU. Students under the age of 18 at the time of completing the application are required to have their parent/guardian sign the agreement with them. Once a student has completed their Housing & Meal Plan Application, they have accepted the terms and conditions of the On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement for the entire academic year.

We supply the most current agreement on this page for review before and after the selection process.

2021-2022 Agreement

STANDARD EXEMPTIONS, APPEAL PROCESS & REFUNDS

In rare circumstances, the Office of Residence Life grants requests to release students from the On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement. Utilize the tabs below to learn more about our standard exemption policies, housing appeal process and information about housing refunds. 

Housing Exemptions

Please review the following reasons a student can be exempt from the Residency Requirement. All but three exemptions requires the student to fill out the Residential Verification Form, no later than 30 days prior to Move-in, and submit any additional supporting documents required to the Office of Residence Life via email at reslife@bgsu.edu

Exemptions that do not require the completion of the Residential Verification Form are listed below, as long as one or more are met by Aug. 26, 2021.

  1. Have completed four semesters of on-campus residency
  2. Have attained junior level status (60 credit hours and above)
  3. Will turn 20 years of age by start of academic term

If you meet one of these exemptions, there is no need to do anything else. The Office of Residence Life will pull this information from your records and waive the Residency Requirement for you.

Exemptions that require completion of the Residential Verification form.

  1. Will be commuting daily from the permanent home of your parent or legal guardian within a 50-mile driving distance of BGSUs main campus*
  2. Married (proof of marriage required)
  3. A parent with custodial care responsibilities (proof of custodial care required)
  4. Have fulfilled one of the requirements to be considered an Independent Student (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid)
  5. Have completed 12 months of consecutive Active Military Service
  6. Are transferring to BGSU, has been out of high school for a minimum of two years and have completed at least 12 credit hours at an accredited institution of higher education post high school graduation

*The office of Residence Life considers the permanent home address of the Student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to be the address of record on file with federal, state and local tax agencies and where a minimum of one of the Student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) resides. Students who qualify to reside off-campus under this clause do not need to request housing. Please note that providing false information to the University is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Helpful tip: The Office of Residence Life cautions you against entering into an off-campus housing agreement until you are certain you meet the first three exceptions –or– have received an official notice that your appeal of the residency requirement has been approved.

Housing Appeal

There are three types of appeals that will be considered for exemption from the On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement: medical/disability, financial hardship and personal. In each case, students will be asked to provide extensive documentation and rational supporting their request.

The following conditions may exempt a student and each requires a Housing Appeal to be submitted:

When a student believes they are unable to fulfill their On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement obligations due to a disability or medical condition, they may pursue being released from the Residency Requirement.

Federal law defines a disability as a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” If, after receiving the completed documentation from a student’s physician and it is determined that the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Accessibility Services cannot accommodate a student’s disability with on-campus housing, the student will be released from the Residency Requirement.

When students believe they are unable to fulfill their On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement obligations due to a significant change in their own, their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) financial situation, they may pursue a release from the Residency Requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to quantify how the change in their financial situation is beyond their control and severe enough to prevent them from meeting their financial obligations to Bowling Green State University.

When students believe they are unable to fulfill their On-Campus Housing and Dining Agreement obligations due to other extenuating circumstances beyond their control, they may pursue being released from the Residency Requirement.


Filing a Housing Appeal

  1. Submit an initial appeal request. Please note: you will need to sign in with your BGSU login information to complete this step. 
  2. Type a specific statement identifying what has changed in your situation.
  3. Complete and return any additional documentation required for your specific type of appeal to the appropriate office. This documentation will be emailed to your BGSU email address and will come in the form of a PDF file. If additional documentation in not received within 30 days, the appeal will become inactive.
  4. Students will be notified in writing, via their BGSU email, of the outcome of their appeal. Please note that this process can take up to 4 weeks.

If appeals are granted, the student may receive a refund according to the Forfeiture Schedule located on the Refund Schedule page.

Housing Refund

There only three circumstances that the University will grant a Housing Refund and will only be granted in accordance to the Forfeiture Schedule. You can find the Forfeiture Schedule and qualifications located on the Refund Schedule page. Students who believe they meet one of the refund circumstances should contact the Office of Residence Life immediately to minimize financial loss.

Refund Schedule


2021 SPRING HOUSING CANCELLATIONS

If you are currently living on campus and are not planning on living on campus again for the Spring 2021 Semester, you need to complete the Spring Cancellation Form ASAP. 

Although you can cancel your spring housing application up until the start of the semester, your belongings will need to be moved out by 6 p.m. on Nov. 26. If you do not move-out before the halls close, you will need to move-out when the halls reopen in January and you will receive a refund according to the forfeiture schedule based on your move-out date.

Spring Cancellation Form

If you have questions about the move-out process or have a special circumstance you wish to be considered, please contact our office at reslife@bgsu.edu

SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS

The Office Accessibility Services and the Office of Residence Life work together to coordinate housing accommodations for students with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Students who would like to request a housing accommodation, first must be registered with Accessibility Services and then fill out the  Specialized Housing Accommodations Form and return it one of two ways:

Email | access@bgsu.edu
Fax | 419-372-8496

Students can find the form, and additional information, on the Accessibility Services website.

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES INFORMATION

2021-22 Residency Requirement

Below you will find additional details about the updated Residency Requirement for the 2021-22 academic year.


2021 RETURNING STUDENTS

  • Housing Applications for the 2021-22 academic year will open on Dec. 8, 2020 and room selection will take place next year during the month of March.
  • Current students who have not met the residency requirement are strongly encouraged to live on campus, but the live-on requirement has been waived.
  • Room availability will be guaranteed to returning students, including those who have already completed their residency requirement, as long as they complete the housing application and make their $200 initial housing payment by March 1, 2021.
  • After March 1, 2021, returning students who wish to live on campus will need to fill out a Request to Live on Campus form to be added to a waitlist. If space is available, students from this list will be granted the ability to apply for housing. Please note: Filling out this form does not guarantee housing; students will be notified by the Office of Residence Life if space is available.

2021 FALL NEW STUDENTS

  • Housing Applications for the 2021-22 academic year will open on Feb. 1, 2021 and room selection will take place next year during the month of June.
  • The Residency Requirement has not changed for students who will be attending BGSU for the first time next fall. 
  • New students will be required to live on campus for two years (four semesters) unless they meet one of the housing exemptions
  • Please note: Students who have only been enrolled at BGSU for a summer session, will still be considered a new student under this policy.