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Supplemental Housing

 

What is supplemental housing? Supplemental Housing refers to housing assignments that create additional spaces in our first year residence halls (Bittner, Naugle & Witmer Halls). Double rooms are furnished to accommodate three residents. Beds, dressers, desks, and desk chairs are provided for each resident of the room. Residents share two closets and bookshelves.

Is supplemental housing temporary or permanent? A supplemental housing assignment is intended to be temporary. However, a resident can remain in supplemental housing for the entire academic year if a sufficient number of rooms do not become available. Additionally, if the college deems it necessary to keep a student in a supplemental space for more than 60% of the semester due to insufficient number of rooms in the housing inventory and does not offer the student the option of untripling, the student will receive a credit of $75 to their tuition account.

How is supplemental triple housing determined? Supplemental housing is determined by tuition deposit date. Students will have the choice to be untripled as rooms become available, based on the date the deposit was made. If students request a roommate their assignment is based on the earliest deposit date of the two students. For the 2013-2014 academic year students who paid their deposit on or after April 29 were placed in a supplemental triple room. The date varies from year to year - in 2012-13 students who paid their deposit after February 28 were tripled, in 2011-12 the tripling date was April 4 and in 2010-2011 the tripling date was March 11.

What is the cost? For the 2013-2014 academic year a supplemental triple initially costs $2400 per semester and $4800 for the year, however, students will be given credit on their student account for the days they live in a supplemental triple room. Here is a schedule of when the credits will be given:

Percentage of the semester
Credit given
Fall date credit is assessed
Spring date credit is assessed
25%
$165
September 26, 2013
February 7, 2014
60%
$230
November 6, 2013
March 24, 2014

60%

This credit is only given if the students have not been given the option of untripling

$75
November 6, 2013
March 24, 2014
100%
$265
December 20, 2013
May 16, 2014
Total credit

$660

Total credit if untripling is not offered

$735
 
If students untriple on dates other than the dates listed above they will be given a daily credit for the number of days they actually lived in a supplemental triple room.

What determines my room rate? Rates are based on the type of room (amount of furniture in the room), not the number of occupants in a room. If, for example, only one student is living in a double room the room rate will remain at the double rate. If someone moves out of a supplemental triple room, the third set of furniture may be moved out of the room. Once the furniture is moved out of the room the students living in the room will no longer receive the supplemental triple credits, but will remain at the double rate. If students untriple on dates other than the dates listed above they will be given a daily credit for the number of days they actually lived in a supplemental triple room.

Could my room rate change? If you change to a different room type (i.e., a single, triple, quad or quintet room) your room rate would change to the room rate for that room type. If you are in a supplemental triple room and one roommate moves out, or you move to a double room your room rate will remain the same and you will not receive the supplemental triple room credit. You will continue to receive the supplement triple credit if you choose to stay in the supplemental triple, after being offered a permanent space. Also, if you are in a supplemental triple room for more than 60% of the semester without an option to move to a permanent space you will receive a $75 credit to your tuition account.

When will I know if I have been assigned to a permanent space? The goal is to have all students in supplemental housing move to permanent housing within the first few months of the semester. Option 1: Prior to your arrival - until August 10th we will send you an email to your Messiah Email account and after August 11th please refer to the Residence Life and Housing Channel on MCSquare. Option 2: While you are living on campus - You will be contacted by the director of housing

What if I am offered a permanent space and I do not want to move? Before students arrive on campus they will not be given the option of staying in a supplemental triple room if spaces become available. Once students have moved into their room the students may choose to remain in a supplemental triple. If all occupants agree to stay all students will receive the supplemental housing credit as long as all three residents stay in the room. By declining the offer to move to a permanent space, students forfeit the $75 credit.

How long do I have to move into my permanent space? Students will have seven days to move to their permanent placement. If more time is needed, please contact the Resident Director of your building.

Will the amount of furniture in my room change if my room becomes a double? You will be charged the triple rate until until the third set of furniture is removed from your room. Furniture is removed once month until Fall Break, over Christmas break and over J-term break. Once there are two sets of furniture in your room you will be charged the double rate.

 

Please contact the Office of Residence Life & Housing at 717-796-5239 for further assistance.


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