Review the following information to determine your reason for cancellation and potential charges. To cancel your contract, fill out and submit the housing Contract Cancellation form located at the bottom of the page. Students requesting to Residency Release will only need to fill out the Residency Release Application because the contract cancellation is part of the release request. 

Two Year Residency Requirement  

The Board of Governors at Southeast Missouri State University requires that all full-time students live on campus for two years (four semesters, excluding summers). Students must be eligible for residency release before they turn in a cancelation form to live off campus.

Room Selection 

Returning students only canceling a 24/25 housing contract before the 24/25 room selection opens will not be charged a penalty fee. Returning students canceling their 24/25 housing contract after 24/25 room selection begins but before finals week (May 12-May 18) will be charged a $150 cancellation fee. Returner cancelations for the 24/25 contract after finals week will be assessed a cancelation fee based on the reason for cancellation up to $750. (See Chart Below)

New students only canceling a 24/25 housing contract are charged based on rates listed on the Contract for University Housing if canceling before moving on to campus. 

Thru May 1- $25 cancellation fee- $125 Deposit refund
May 2 - June 15- $50 cancellation fee- $100 Deposit refund
June 16- August 1- $100 cancellation fee- $50 Deposit refund
After August 1- Forfeit Deposit
Additional cancellation costs may be assessed based on the date of cancellation and the reason for the cancellation after move-in. If you have questions regarding room selection, don't hesitate to get in touch with the Office of Residence Life at

Visit the Room Selection page for more information. 

Cancellation Charges

Request reason prior to residence hall move in Prior to Third Friday of Classes  After Third Friday of Classes 
December Graduation  No Charge  No Charge  No Charge 
Greek Village (Must meet eligibility requirements)  No Charge  No Charge  No Charge 
Study Abroad, Student Teaching or Internship  No Charge  No Charge  No Charge 
Military Commitment  No Charge  No Charge  No Charge 
Meals Only  $25  $25 + Prorated Charges*  $25 + No Refund** 
Medical  $750  $750 + Prorated Charges*  $750 + No Refund** 
Greek Housing Chapter Office (Required live-in)  $150  $150 + Prorated Charges*  $150 + No Refund** 
Marriage/Dependent Child Care  $150  $150 + Prorated Charges*  $150 + No Refund** 
TPS (Temporary Protected Status)  $150  $150 + Pro-Rated Charges*  $150 + No Refund** 
Withdrawal, Transfer, Academic or Administrative Suspension  $150  $150 + Pro-Rated Charges*  $150 + No Refund** 
Residency Requirement Exemption  $750 Buyout Charge  $750 Buyout Charge + Prorated Charges*  $750 Buyout Charge + No Refund** 

* Prorated charges (room and meal) apply to residents who move out prior to the third Friday of classes. After the third Friday, residents are responsible for the full semester/term charges. 

*** Full charges (room and meal) apply to residents who move out after the third Friday of the semester. Students moving out at the end of the fall semester do not incur any additional room or meal charges for the spring semester. 

Cancellation Documentation

reason requirement documentation
Parenthood  Custodial parent of a dependent child  Copy of applicant's prior year's tax return OR a copy of dependent child's birth certificate. 
Marriage  Married  Copy of marriage license after it has been filed at the courthouse. 
Military Commitment  Call to active duty  A copy of the applicant’s military paperwork showing the date the applicant begins active-duty service. 
Residency Requirement Exemption  Student meets one of the University’s criteria to be exempt from the two-year residency requirement  Submit all parts of the Residency Release Application and indicate which of the University’s residency requirements you meet. For the full list of exemptions visit the On-Campus Housing Requirements page Note: See table above for charges. 
Student Teaching, Study Abroad, or Internship  Activity is outside of commuting distance of campus  Submit documentation noting the location of the school that you will be student teaching at, a copy of the acceptance letter from the school attending overseas or the department hosting the study abroad program, and submit documentation from the department/company hosting the internship. 
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