Housing Residency Policy Exemption Requests

Colorado Mesa University is committed to the success of our students. Knowing that students who live on campus and engage in activities have a greater success rate for graduation and maintain higher GPA's, CMU has a two-year on campus living requirement. All students under 21 are required to live on campus, provided space is available, unless approved for an exemption.

Exemptions will be granted for the following reasons.

  1. Resides with parent(s) at their permanent address within Mesa County
  2. Will be 21 years of age before first day of semester in which the exemption is requested
  3. Earned 60 or more credit hours after high school
  4. Lived in CMU housing for four semesters
  5. Married or have a dependent child
  6. Attending only Montrose campus
  7. Extreme Financial Hardship
    • For an exemption to be granted based on Extreme Financial Hardship, a student is required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the year in which they are requesting an exemption. Residence Life in conjunction with Financial Aid will use unmet need and Expected Family Contribution to determine if you qualify for this exemption.

You may NOT request an exemption based solely on the fact that you have found a less expensive off campus option or because you have signed a lease.

If you feel you have a situation not listed above, please contact Savanna Edgar, Manager of Residence Life Operations at smedgar@coloradomesa.edu or phone 970-248-1487.

To request an exemption, complete and submit the 2019-2020 Housing Policy Exemption Request. The Housing Policy Exemption Request is available under "Applications/Exemption Requests" in the MyHousing app of MAVzone. Requesting an exemption does not guarantee an exemption will be granted. It is highly recommended that you do not sign a lease for off-campus housing until you are notified of a decision regarding your exemption. Residence Life will notify you of the result of your request at your CMU email address within one week of your submission.