Exemption and Contract Release

Specific criteria need to be met for a student to be released from Saint Louis University’s residency requirement, the housing contract or to be exempt from meal plans.

Read the 2017-18 Housing Contract

Residency Exemption

If you would like to apply for a residency exemption, you will need to submit the Residency Exemption Form in mySLU and submit any associated documentation to the Department of Housing and Residence Life. Do not make arrangements for alternate housing until you are notified by Saint Louis University that an exception has been granted.

If an exemption is not granted, you will be held responsible for your housing contract. Because the exemption deadline and SLU’s priority housing application deadline are both May 1, you are encouraged to complete a housing contract and your advance payment or enrollment deposit even if you hope to live off campus. 

Exceptions may be considered for the following reasons:  

You are older than 21.

Documentation: Not required. Your age will be verified with University records.

 

You are married.

Documentation: Copy of marriage license.

 

You are a parent.

Documentation: Copy of birth certificate of the dependent child.

 

You are in the military.

Documentation: A copy of your military record.

 

Financial hardship .

Documentation: A personal statement as well as supporting documentation that could include your financial aid award letter, documents from parents or employers, bank statements, loan information, and any other financial or legal documentation. Withdrawal of financial support from your family may not be a criterion for exemption.

You have a medical or psychological condition .

Documentation: A personal statement, as well as a signed and dated statement from your treating physician or therapist on office letterhead is required and must include: your diagnosis, treatment plan and how each relates to your housing request. The letter must be dated no more than three months prior to when you request exemption.

 Start the process to request exemption from SLU's housing requirement via mySLU. From "Housing Portal," choose "Tools," then "Student Housing." Then select the "Residency Exemption Request Form" for the proper year. 

Request Exemption

Residential Contract Release 

Your housing agreement with the University is a contract. While there are some circumstances where a request to be released from the contract will be granted, there may be financial implications, particularly if a request is made later in the contract period. Request for contract release may be considered for the following factors:

  • Withdrawal or transfer from the University
  • Study abroad
  • Internship, practicum or military obligation
  • Marriage
  • Medical or psychological conditions
  • Financial hardship

Cases cannot be considered until all necessary facts are collected. Appropriate documentation must be submitted with your application and will be considered by the assistant director for assignments and marketing.

A decision will be sent to you via USPS and SLU email. If you do not agree with the decision, you have five business days to appeal in writing to the University’s contract release review board.

Request Contract Release

Meal Plan Accommodations and Exemptions

Saint Louis University and DineSLU’s on-staff dietitian make reasonable accommodations for students’ special dietary needs.

Every effort will be made to offer meals that meet documented dietary or religious restrictions. Meal plan exemptions will only be considered if the dietitian believes an accommodation cannot be made.

General Meal Plan Exemption 

Commuter Students 

Students who commute to SLU may also request to be exempt from the meal plan for the following reasons:

Financial Hardship
You must provide FAFSA documentation showing an expected family contribution (EFC) of $500 or less.

Extended Time Off Campus
To be eligible for this exemption, you must be enrolled in a Saint Louis University student teaching program or internship for the entire semester. You cannot be living in University housing taking additional classes on campus during this period. The dean in charge of the relevant program must sign your exemption request.

Commuter Meal Plan Exemption