Michigan State’s Residential and Hospitality Services is offering a $1,120 credit to on-campus students who have checked out by 5 p.m. April 12, according to an email sent to students living on campus.
Following President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.’s announcement Saturday that the university will run online courses through the end of the semester, Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises Vennie Gore sent the email Monday to students living on campus with more information on the checkout process.
Tomorrow, according to the email, the Housing Assignments Office will be sending a spring housing intent form to students that must be completed by 11:59 p.m. March 20.
Students checking out will then have to pick a checkout time and date between April 2 and April 12, according to the email.
Students who complete their checkout in the designated time gap will be able to receive a $1,120 credit. According to the email, students have the following options for receiving these funds:
"A credit toward next fall’s on-campus housing and dining costs."
"A credit toward next fall’s off-campus dining plan."
"A direct deposit in the amount of $1,120, less any outstanding balance with the university."
Since classes have moved online, on-campus students leaving campus took to social media over the last few days to express their worries that they were going to receive nothing in return, despite leaving before the semester is over.
"College includes a lot of additional costs that you don't know until you're there," pre-nursing freshman Shanel Baxter, who chose to leave her dorm in Hubbard hall said via text. "When you add on the crisis we're in right now it really comes down to: we're not utilizing this, and that money could've gone towards food/potential medical expenses."
For students who have already left their dorms, according to the email, they will be receiving further information on their checkout process as well.
Additionally, the email stated that there could be impact on students receiving financial aid and suggests students contact MSU Financial Aid about their specific situation.
“Please know that you are the best part of this university. And while your on-campus experience may have been shorter this year, we hope to see you back soon,” Gore said via email. “Like President Stanley, I am continually amazed by the will of our Spartan community. There has been no shortage of support for one another, patience as we navigate this difficult time and perseverance to keep our university running.”