University Residences

University Residences

Housing Deposit Deferral

Housing applicants who demonstrate a high level of financial need may qualify to have their housing deposit postponed and applied to their first tuition bill. Requests for deferral are granted only in cases of financial hardship and based upon Pell Grant eligibility and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC can be found on the Student Aid Report you received after submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you cannot find your EFC, please contact the Financial Aid Department. Requests for deferral cannot be processed without an EFC.

Is a deferral like a waiver?

No, deposit deferral does not waive your deposit--it postpones your deposit for payment out of your first quarter of financial aid. Please note that once your deposit is deferred, cancellation of housing before arrival may result in partial or total forfeiture of your deferred deposit, making you financially responsible for paying the forfeiture amount ($100-$200) out-of-pocket.

Instructions for Requesting Deferral

  1. Once you receive notice of deposit due, print this form and fill it out completely. Mail your completed form to the address below, or snap a legible photo with your phone and email it to Requests for deposit deferral are accepted ONLY for housing applicants who have been notified their deposit is due.

    University Residences
    516 High Street - MS 9195
    Bellingham, WA 98225
  2. To allow your financial aid to apply toward your housing deposit, you must submit the online form Authorization to Apply Financial Aid Funds. You will need to use your Universal username and password to access this online form.

  3. To make sure your request has been received and granted, be sure to follow up on your deferral status in MyHousing. If you have questions or concerns about your request, contact the University Residences Business Office at 360-650-6579.

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