This week marked the fifth week of the Spring semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Five weeks into the semester may still seem like the beginning, but students must start thinking about where they are going to live for the upcoming fall semester.
Students received an email on Feb. 1 explaining that the fall housing applications are available, and will remain available, through Feb. 15. If students have trouble with the application or have any questions before submitting, there will be an application help-session on Feb. 10 in AC-1 room 123 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Current students may submit their housing application anytime between now and Feb. 15 but must know that once their application is submitted it is a binding contract. If students wish to break their contract, it will be a $200 or $800 fee depending on when the cancellation is submitted. If the cancellation is submitted before April 1, the fee will be $200, but if submitted after April 1 the fee will be $800. Cancellations must be made online.
According to Jason Langston, Associate Director of Student Life, the sooner a student submits their application the better. Langston says this because this year’s room selection will be by lottery and the quicker the application is in, the higher lottery number the student will receive.
Though room selection is a lottery process, grad students are the first to select their rooms, and then it goes down from seniors to freshmen. Classification of students goes by credit hours and it does include the hours the student is currently enrolled in. If a student is not sure what they will be classified under for Fall 2013, the records office will be able to provide that information.
After the application process is completed on Feb. 15, housing will go through the applications and assign each student a number. On Feb. 25, students who submitted an application will receive their lottery number and instructions by email. In this email, students will be told the actual day which they can select their rooms. This should be either March 5 or 6 in the Lower Hanger.
On the day of room selection, students will be able to pick not only whom they will room with, but also the actual hall room they wish to be in. If a student is not able to make their scheduled time for room selection, the student may go to Haas anytime before March 4 and sign off for someone to proxy for them.
With suitemate and roommate selection, these students may sign-up together. To do this, everyone in the suite must show up together or have a signed proxy. A tip Larson gave was, go with the person with the highest lottery number. Going with the person in the suite or room that has the highest lottery number will greaten the chances of getting a suite or room together.
Every hall is open for selection. Mingus is not off limits for incoming freshmen and transfers. In addition, every hall has a different semester rate. Rates have changed from the current school year. Apartments in The Village are now $2345 per semester. Village suites, Thumb Butte suites, and upperclassmen wishing to live in Mingus Mountain all have the same rate at $2245 each semester. Single rooms will be available in Fall 2013. There are 30 available rooms for students who wish to room alone. Rooming alone is an additional $800 per semester. If a student wishes to only board at ERAU for only one semester, it is an additional $1000.
If there are any questions about this process, students may go directly to the housing office. Students may also go to the application help-session on Feb. 8 to ask any questions they have regarding Fall 2013 housing.