Commuting Students

Approximately, 20% of students live off-campus and commute to campus! 

Off-Campus Housing/Commuter Application

All students who are interested in living off-campus, must complete an Off-Campus Housing Application by March 1st. These applications are only valid for one academic year and must be renewed annually. There are two options available for student to apply to live off-campus:


Students who plan to live with their parents/legal guardians within one hour radius. Students must physically be living with their parents/legal guardians and cannot be living in a second home owned by their parents/legal guardians/spouse.

To complete the Commuter Application, students will need to ensure their parents/legal guardian’s address matches the students permanent address on Students will be required to submit documentation proving that they are staying at their parents/guardians/spouses address. They will submit one of the following via a photo or scanned copy:
  • A parent’s/guardian’s utility bill that is within the past month,
  • A parent’s/guardian’s bank statement within the past month,
  • A parent’s/guardian’s certificate of voter registration, OR
  • A parent’s/guardian’s lease agreement

Residency Waiver

Students who plan to live in off-campus housing options that are not with their parents/legal guardians. Students must meet one of the following criterias to be eligible for this option:

  1. Has legal custody of a child
  2. Married
  3. Twenty-three years of age or older, or will be twenty-three years of age within the academic year (Fall and Spring Semester)
  4. Part-time students with eight or fewer semester hours
  5. Transferring from an accredited community college two years or more after graduating from high school, and must be at junior level classification based on the required credit hours stated in the Academic Catalog
  6. Students with documented personal considerations who can demonstrate an effort to explore resources made available through various offices (i.e. Housing & Residence Life, Financial Aid, Business Office, Powell Resource Center, etc.) and whose needs cannot be accommodated within the residence halls. The Office of Disability Services is available to assist students in identifying accommodations on campus. This office will not approve any off-campus housing requests directly
To complete a Residency Waiver, students will need to complete additional steps:
  1. Residency Waiver Request Form
  2. Supporting Documentation: Students will upload various pieces of documentation showing their eligibility to live off-campus. These could be (but not limited too):
    1. Utility Bill/Bank Statement
    2. Lease Agreement
    3. Marriage License
    4. Child’s Birth Certificate
    5. Transcripts (previous and current institution)
    6. Financial Aid statements
    7. Letters from other campus departments stating that they cannot support your needs on-campus
  3. The Declaration of Need Document: students who select criteria #6, will need to provide additional information to help the Office of Housing and Residence Life determine if the student is eligible to live off-campus. such as:
    1. Reasons for your request to waive the residency requirement. Include in your explanation why your case is extraordinary.
    2. Explain how your situation has changed since you last signed your housing agreement.
    3. Explain why moving to another residence hall room within campus housing would not resolve your need.
    4. Describe the resources you have used on campus to help you with your current situation.
    5. Explain how off-campus living will help your situation.
    6. Do you qualify for financial aid (scholarships, student loan eligibility, etc.)? If so, has your financial aid been reduced or are you no longer eligible? Verification from the Financial Aid Office should be included.
    7. Has there been a significant change in your financial situation or your family’s financial situation?
    8. Has one or more parents/guardians experienced a significant change and has that change resulted in a loss of income?
    9. Are there any other extenuating financial circumstances impacting your ability to live in campus housing? How has your situation changed since you last signed your housing agreement?
    10. If you are claiming financial hardship, please demonstrate the projected savings by being released from campus housing.