As we enter the winding-down phase of the Covid pandemic, we know that students have different preferences about living on campus. Some of you may be eagerly looking forward to the social connection, support, and friendship that comes with having a roommate – which we fully intend to provide!
But we also recognize that some of you may feel more comfortable having a room to yourself to aid in your social distancing efforts. That’s why EIU is offering up to $1,700 to students who wish to have a double room as a single room for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. This grant does not have to be repaid and can be either refunded directly to you or applied to your student bill, depending on your preference.
To get your best choice of housing, we recommend you have the following steps complete by May 15:
If you have already submitted your contract, we’ll update your room preference to “Double as Single” once you submit your request for the grant. If you already requested a roommate, but still wish to have a Double as Single, we will do our best to place you next door or on the same floor as your friends, even if you choose to live by yourself.
Please also note the following conditions:
For more information about this grant, please see our Frequently Asked questions below. If you have any further questions or need to make any other changes to your housing/dining preferences, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Room Type descriptions can be found here: Room Options
Ensure you have applied for housing and submitted your Room and Board Contract, and request a Double as Single for your room type preference. Then you’ll also need to apply for the grant here: go.eiu.edu/SingleOccupancyGrantRequest
Yes, we will do our best to place you near your original requested roommate.
The full $850 charge for the Double as Single room will still appear on your student bill. The grant funds, which do not have to be repaid, can be refunded directly to you or applied directly to your student bill. When classes begin this fall, you must answer the disbursement authorization question on the 2021-2022 Financial Aid - Resources tab on PAWS in order for this award to disburse. Instructions to complete this requirement can be found here - along with a video tutorial here. Please note, the disbursement authorization will not be displayed until August when Financial Aid enters the award.
More information on HEERF II and CRRSAA, the federal programs used to fund this grant, can be found here.
If you have any questions please email financial aid at email@example.com or call 217-581-6405.
July 15 is the deadline to apply for the grant. To receive your best choice of housing, we recommend you submit the form as soon as possible.
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