Aug. 19: Information regarding application to reside on-campus

Dear Spartan,

This communication is in response to President Stanley’s Aug. 18 email update on MSU’s fall semester plans. President Stanley noted that “effective immediately, we are asking undergraduate students who planned to live in our residence halls this fall to stay home and continue their education with MSU remotely. While a vast majority of our classes already were offered in remote formats, we will work the next two weeks to transition those that were in-person or hybrid to remote formats. 

We recognize this change may affect some Spartans more than others. Just as we did this spring, we will continue to provide a safe place for a small number of students in our residence halls—particularly, those students for whom MSU is their home or who need to be on campus for health and safety reasons or other extraordinary, extenuating circumstances. Therefore, you have the opportunity to apply to reside on-campus. Details are below. That being said, the vast majority of students should stay home for the health and safety of themselves and the East Lansing community.

Your housing assignment for the fall 2020 semester will be canceled and your 2020-21 Housing Contract will be terminated, unless you submit an Application to Reside On-Campus before 8 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020

  • Submitting an Application to Reside On-Campus does not guarantee that your application will be accepted.
  • We will notify you by email whether your application has been accepted or denied by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020.

If your Application to Reside On-Campus is accepted, you will continue to be bound by the 2020-21 Housing Contract, and you will be charged accordingly. Your room assignment may change, however.

If you do not submit an Application to Reside On-Campus or your Application to Reside on Campus is denied, your housing assignment for the fall 2020 semester will be canceled and your 2020-21 Housing Contract will be terminated; MSU will issue you a refund for your fall room and board costs, if you have already paid for the fall semester. 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 their room and board costs may impact their current or future financial aid determination.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue our planning efforts for the fall 2020 semester and beyond. We will provide additional information about on-campus housing for the 2021 spring semester at a later date. 

We assure you that your health, safety, and well-being will continue to drive all the decisions we make. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have additional questions related to your on-campus housing arrangement for the upcoming year.


Vennie Gore
Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises
Michigan State University