Fall 2020 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

COVID19 -Residence Hall Plan

In an effort to encourage social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the residence hall rooms at Frostburg State University will all be single occupancy for Fall of 2020.

You may have questions about this, here are some answers. For answers to other questions, please contact studentaffairs@frostburg.edu or rlo@frostburg.edu or Residence Life at 301-687-4121.

Per the email sent to all students on June 11th:

Dear Bobcat Student Community:

As Frostburg State University finalizes its plans for Moving Forward, we are reviewing all the guidance and best practices from CDC and the University System of Maryland experts to plan for our students and the fall semester. In order to reduce density on the FSU campus and increase social distancing for the upcoming academic year, all campus residence halls will be single occupancy.

Please review the following information regarding residential housing for the 2020/2021 academic year and some financial relief options.

  • The residence halls on the Upper Quad, Lower Quad, and Edgewood Commons will all have single rooms for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.
  • Room rates have been established for each of the residence halls and are posted on the Residence Life Office’s COVID-19 Residence Hall Plan web page.
  • Because the switch to all singles is in response to the COVID-19 crisis, CARES Act funding will be available to help families with the residence hall costs when the semester begins.
    • We will authorize $375 of CARES Act funding each semester for eligible students who are residing in our campus residential halls. This translates to $25 per week of housing assistance.
    • With this assistance, the residential living experience for students in 6 of our 12 residence halls will be less than the doubles rate for most recent academic year.
    • Because of CARES Act regulations:
      1. Students must apply for the assistance and funds will be issued directly to the student. The students must then apply those funds to their account.
      2. Students cannot apply until the beginning of each semester for the financial assistance. Recognizing that fact, the University will allow students to carry a balance of $375 as the semester begins with the expectation that students will pay their bill in full once the money is disbursed.
  • While we count Edgewood Commons as one of our on-campus residences, Edgewood Commons is managed by an outside company and contracts will continue to be administered by that company. We will, however, provide the $375 to students in residence for the full semester in Edgewood Commons.

In addition, some CARES funding will still be available in the fall for students who had a direct impact because of COVID-19. Students will have the ability to file for assistance, as was the case this past spring.

Students or families who have questions about on-campus housing can contact Ms. Kim Hinds-Brush, Director of Residence Life, at kmhindsbrush@frostburg.edu or Ms. Katie Buehner, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at ksbuehner@frostburg.edu for more information.

Per the email sent to all students on June 4th:

Dear Bobcat Nation:

As President Nowaczyk announced on May 29, if the University of Maryland System and the State of Maryland permit us to bring students to campus this fall, a major element of that decision will be our residential housing plan.

One key part of our potential operating plan will be to convert all residence hall rooms to single occupancy. This provides more opportunity for social distancing and reduces the density across the campus. To accommodate this change, a new rate structure has been created and can be seen at https://www.frostburg.edu/student-life/residence-life/residence-life-office/room-and-board-charges.php.

Since all residential students must live in a single-occupancy room, students who have previously signed up with a roommate for double-occupancy rooms will be contacted by Residence Life to choose a single room.

While our new rate structure is designed to lessen the financial impact of not being able to share a room, we also realize that this plan may still create some financial hardship. We are looking at methods to provide some assistance with the housing cost differential between the double rates and the required single occupancy plan. Please also note that Housing Contract is for one full academic year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much angst for so many people, and part of that unease has come from the unknown. We will continue to be as transparent as possible with students as our plans develop. However, as recent events have shown, these plans may change based upon directives we receive from the State of Maryland and guidance from the University System of Maryland. We will apprise you of any changes to our residential plans should they happen, as quickly as we can.

I would encourage you to sign up for a single space ASAP, as the number of students living on campus will be limited by the change to single occupancy.

If you have questions, please contact the Residence Life Office at 301-687-4121 or rlo@frostburg.edu.

Stay Safe!

Dr. Artie Lee Travis
Vice President of Student Affairs

 

 

Is there financial assistance available for Housing?

We encourage you to reach out to the Financial Aid Office about your specific financial situation. 

Can I choose to live in a double?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to house more than one student in a room for the Fall 2020 semester.

Can I still live in a specialty housing option (ECHOStars, STEM, Honors, Education, Nursing and Health Sciences, etc)?

Yes! We will be using your preferences for specialty housing option as well as room type to house first year students for Fall 2020. Incoming student assignments will be communicated in early to mid July.

Is Edgewood Commons changing their occupancy as well?

Please visit Edgewood Commons website for up to date information about their plans for Fall 2020 

I requested a roommate, could I live near them in the hall even though I can't share a room with them?

Absolutely! We use roommate requests in our process for assigning students rooms and will attempt to place you near your requested roommate. Roommates can still be requested under the Room Selection tab of the housing portal.