Free Summer Housing Program continues

Free Summer Housing Program continues

By Christian Hunick
On April 5, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
The west-facing side of Plaza Verde. Plaza Verde is the most centrally-located of all the dormitories. 

 

ASU is continuing its popular Free Summer Housing Program and launching several new initiatives for the summer 2018 sessions.

ASU’s Free Summer Housing Program is unique among Texas universities. 

“I am not aware of any other program like it,” Associate Director of Housing and Residential Programs Travis Taylor commented. “It is our way of encouraging students to graduate on time, which nowadays often requires some summer course completions to happen.”

Though initially aimed primarily at first- and second-year students, the Free Summer Housing Program can also be beneficial to incoming freshmen who want to get a head start on their education.

The program allows students taking at least six credit hours or a four-hour science lab during each of the two summer terms to live on campus for free, provided they meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement.

Since the Free Summer Housing Program was introduced in 2013, the number of students living in residence halls during the summer has steadily increased from 267 the prior year to 709 in 2017. Summer enrollment has also seen an overall increase from 2,551 individuals in 2013 to 3,217 last year. 

This year, free summer housing will be in Centennial Village. Applications open April 1.

One of the new initiatives being introduced is a significant increase in the in the number of core courses being made available during each summer term.

“Taking courses in the core curriculum during the summer can help new and first-year students stay on track to graduate in four years or less,” Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Javier Flores said. “Students graduating in three years can save over $7,400 in tuition and fees, thus reducing their amount of potential debt.”

Another new initiative ASU is offering is Summer Carr Scholarships and summer financial aid for Pell Grant-eligible students.

Full-time students eligible for the Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters are eligible for summer Pell Grants if they enroll at least half time (six total credit hours) during the summer.

Similarly, students who have earned a Carr Scholarship will be eligible to receive a Summer Carr Scholarship if they enroll in at least six credit hours during each summer term.

“With free summer housing, plus Summer Carr Scholarships and the implementation of year-round financial aid, ASU students can earn in excess of 12 credit hours during summer for free or at very low cost,” Flores said. “These initiatives are more ways for ASU to show our commitment to ensuring students have the opportunity to earn credit hours toward their degree without incurring additional debt.”  

Registration for current ASU students opens April 4 for seniors, April 6 for juniors, April 9 for sophomores and April 11 for freshmen.

 

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