UK Housing waives cancellation fees for students in two-year contract


Holmes Hall is one of many dorm-living options for students on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Kaitlyn Gumm | Staff

Sydney Momeyer

This year, UK instituted a new amendment to their housing contract. 

Within this amendment, students were able to sign a contract that would allow them to get a locked in rate for the residence halls for the 2019-2020 school year.

This means, that if they agreed to live on campus for two years they would be able to pay the same rate they paid in the 2018-2019 school year, instead of paying the increased rate which typically goes up three percent each year.

Many students got stuck in the contract, and were going to have to pay the entire fall semester rate if they wished to cancel.

Upon receiving significant backlash from students stuck in the contract, UK Housing announced that instead of students paying over $4,000 in some cases, they had until April 30 to cancel for a reduced fee of $750.

However, UK has now announced that they would be waiving all fees for those who wish to cancel. UK Housing has sent out emails to students in the contract who wanted to cancel and submitted an appeal to waive their fees.

“An institutional decision has been made that a student who signed the two-year agreement, but who now wishes to cancel the agreement, will not be assessed the two-year addendum cancellation fee,” Housing and Dining Appeals Committee’s Blake Nantz wrote to students. “Thus, your student account will NOT be charged a cancellation fee for the 2-Year Advantage Addendum that you signed in the 2018-2019 Housing Contract.”