Housing Cancellation Charges

For students living on campus during the Academic session (September – May), this contract is binding for the entire 2018-2019 academic year. The contract may be cancelled for the following reasons and corresponding fees:

Timeline / Cancellation Fee Cancellation Reasons
$0 A)  Completion of degree requirements mid-year.B)  Notifying the Residence Life Office that they do not wish to participate in the housing selection process BEFORE being issued a Room Selection Timeslot or being assigned to a room by RLO.

C)  Withdrawal from or taking an official leave of absence from RISD mid-semester/year (refund policy applies).

D)  Participation in a RISD approved study abroad program along with notification to Residence Life by August 1.

E)  Cancellation of enrollment by newly accepted RISD students who have applied for housing and decided not to attend RISD (Note that application deposits are forfeited, but no additional fees are imposed).

$300 A)  Cancellation of housing application after having received a lottery timeslot, but before selecting a room.B)  Participation in a RISD approved study abroad program with notification sent to and received by Residence Life after August 1.
Full Cancellation: Before June 1: $750June 1 – August 1: $1000

August 1 – Sep 1: $1500

After Sept 1: 50% of remaining cost

A)   Appeal to move off campus after housing is requested and a room has been assigned.B)   Residency Waiver is granted for student to commute from home after having applied for housing.

C)   Release from the Housing Contract is granted for medical or financial reasons.

D)  A housing appeal is granted for any other reason.

Spring Only Cancellation: Requested by Dec 1: $1000 After Dec 1: 50% of remaining cost for Spring A)   Appeal to move off campus mid-year after living on campus in the fall.B)   Residency Waiver is granted for student to commute from home after having lived on campus in the fall.

C)   A housing appeal for Spring Housing is granted for any other reason.

Cancellation Fee Notes: Fee is based upon date appeal is received, not decision date. Appeals are not guaranteed to be granted. For any student who leaves mid- semester, the RISD refund schedule applies to their semester charges. Any student who is released from their contract for a study abroad program or leave of absence remains bound to the housing contract should they return to RISD before the end of the academic year. In cases where a student cancels their contract mid-semester, meal plan refunds are handled per Dining Services and Student Accounts policies.

*All cancellation appeals can be made by emailing housing@risd.edu. If appeal is granted the date of the email will be used to determine the cancellation charge.
** All meal plan cancellation appeals can be made by emailing 
dining@risd.edu.

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