Cancellation and Buyout

Terms of Cancellation

The housing agreement is a legally binding agreement. Students will not be released from their agreement for financial, dietary or non-emergency medical reasons. However, students may request a housing agreement cancellation under certain conditions (documentation required):

  • The student withdraws from the university
  • The student participates in an academic program that requires residence outside the Miami-Dade/Broward area
  • The student is dismissed or suspended for academic reasons or student conduct reasons
  • The student participates in an FIU sponsored and approved study abroad program
  • The student graduates
  • The student gets married after signing the agreement
  • The student has an emergency medical condition that was not pre-existing when the agreement was signed
  • The student receives military orders for active duty

FIU Housing will assess the fee for all approved cancellations of this agreement and any fees in accordance to the agreement.

Cancellation requests for fall 2019 received on or before Monday, April 1, 2019, will be approved.

Fall 2019 Cancellation Fee Schedule
Approved cancellation fees for fall 2019 and spring 2020
Date Fee
July 1, 2019 - August 1, 2019 $200
After August 1, 2019 $500

Any cancellation requests received between Tuesday, April 2, 2019 and Thursday, August 1, 2019 for which FIU Housing has a student to fill the vacant bed space will be approved and assessed a charge based on the schedule below.

Spring 2020 Cancellation Fee Schedule
Approved cancellation fees for spring 2020
Date Fee
Before November 1, 2019 $0
November 1, 2019 - December 30, 2019 $200
After December 30, 2019 $500

Students may have the fee waived for special conditions. A student who has his/her cancellation fee waived is still responsible to pay for the full amount of the assigned room prorated rent based on the nights of occupancy.

Cancellation Without Fee

  • The student does not receive a room assignment
  • The student receives military orders for active duty
  • The student is academically disqualified
  • The student receives an approved FIU medical withdrawal
  • The student is graduating*
  • The student is a visiting international student*
  • The student is an academic exchange student who submits a written cancellation request by December 1, 2019*

*Spring semester only

No cancellations shall be made after the end of the 6th week of the applicable semester. Students leaving after that time are considered early check-outs and forfeit all rights to any refund. The denial of a cancellation request is final and not subject to an appeals process.

If you are eligible, fill out the Cancellation Request form and submit it to Housing & Residential Life.

Medical Cancellation

Should a student have a medical need that would preclude them from living in housing, they may request a medical cancellation. Housing works closely with Student Health Services and the Disability Resource Center to fulfill requests and maintain total confidentiality. Medical information is not shared with FIU Housing. Students should consult with these offices to determine if a cancellation is warranted.

Housing Agreement Buyout

If the cancellation request is denied, the student must buyout the housing agreement to end residence. If the student chooses to buyout, she or he must take the following steps for approval:

  1. Submit the Buyout Option Form before the 5th week of the fall and spring semesters or 3rd week for summer term.
  2. Pay a flat rate of $2000 for Fall and Spring or $1000 for Summer terms
  3. If the student has a meal plan, she or he must also pay any portion of the meal plan that was used.


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