There are two types of release requests that can be made, Residency Exemption and a general Residential Contract Release. Additionally, a student may request a Meal Plan Exemption or Commuter Plan Exemption. All release and exemption requests require meeting specific criteria. All forms and requirements for exemption and release are provided for students to review prior to form submission.
Students applying for a residency exception are required to submit an appeal of residency. Students should not make arrangements for alternate housing until they are notified by Housing and Residence Life that an exception has been granted. If an exception is not granted, the student will be held responsible for the housing contract. Because the priority and exemption deadlines are the same, students are encouraged to complete the housing application and pay the $250 deposit by the May 1st priority date.
Exceptions will be considered for the following students:
- Residing at home with parents/guardians within a commutable distance.
- Medical condition that necessitates an exception as judged by Disability Services.
- Married (Documentation required) Child or children in the care of the student
- Student has completed two or more years of military service
- Student is 21 years of age or older and not a first time-first year student
Download the Residency Exemption Request Form (pdf)
Residential Contract Release
The Residential Contract Release Request Form is only an application for release; you are not released from your contract until you receive WRITTEN notification from the Department of Housing and Residence Life.
The request for release must be related to one of the following reasons:
- Study Abroad
Cases cannot be considered until all the necessary facts are collected. Appropriate documentation is required at the time the application is submitted to be considered.
A contract release board comprised of students and staff will review your request, unless it is for Medical/Psychological reasons. All Medical/Psychological applications are forwarded to and reviewed by the Office of Disability Services.
The Department of Housing and Residence Life will keep any of the information provided below and any supporting documents you submit, in confidence. You will be forwarded a decision letter. If you do not agree with the board's decision, you have five (5) business days to appeal in writing to the Director of the Department of Housing and Residence Life.
Please review the Department of Housing and Residence Life's Refund Policy before submission of the Residential Contract Release Request Form. You should not enter into any additional off campus lease agreements until you have been notified of your release.
*Contracts at the Flats at Three Seven Four are not eligible for Contract Release.*
Fall Semester 2013
100% refund: August 26 - September 6, 2013
90% refund: September 7-13, 2013
80% refund: September 14-20, 2013
70% refund: September 21-27, 2013
No refund after September 27, 2013
Spring Semester 2014
100% refund: January 13-24, 2014
90% refund: January 25-31, 2014
80% refund: February 1-7, 2014
70% refund: February 8-14, 2014
No refund after February 14, 2014
Download the Contract Release Application Form (pdf)
Meal Plan Exemptions
Saint Louis University makes reasonable accommodations for students with differing meal preparation needs as contracted with Chartwell's Dining Services for student meals. Chartwell's has a dietitian on staff to provide ongoing assistance to students who request meal plan accommodations.
Every effort will be made to offer meals to all students based on documented dietary restrictions and religious affiliations. However, the University will not offer meal plan exemptions for any reason unless the dietitian has contacted Housing and Residence Life administration to indicate, based on their review, an accommodation cannot be made and a release from the meal plan should be considered due to extenuating circumstances.
Download the Meal Plan Exemption Request Form (pdf)
Commuter Meal Plan Exemption
Student can request commuter meal plan exemption for one of the following:
In order for this student to be exempt from the plan, the student must provide documentation showing an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $500 or less. This documentation can be in the form of a FAFSA report or a copy from the Card Services Supervisor in Parking and Card Services.
Off campus Student Teaching, Internship, Clinical or Cooperative that prohibits the student from coming to campus:
These students must be enrolled in Saint Louis University student teaching or other internship experiences for the entire semester. These students do not reside in Saint Louis University housing nor do they take additional classes on campus during this student teaching or internship period. The student absence should be for the entire semester. In order for this student to be exempt from the plan, the student must submit this signed exemption request by the Dean of the relevant program.
To request a commuter meal plan exemption, please complete the Commuter Meal Plan Exemption Request (pdf)