New/Entering Students: Housing FAQs
All new/entering FIT students interested in living on-campus for Fall 2014 must complete the three-step process. No applicant is guaranteed housing.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
All FIT students taking 12 or more credits are eligible to apply for campus housing. Highest priority is given to full-time matriculated undergraduate students taking 12 or more credits. Part-time students will be considered after the New/Entering Application Process is completed. Current/returning FIT students are not eligible for the New Entering Student application process and must apply through the returning FIT H.O.M.E. process.
You must first be accepted to the college and your tuition deposit must be received and processed by the Bursar’s office. You will NOT be able to access the application until your tuition deposit has been processed which can take up to 3-5 business days.
To check if your tuition deposit has been received, log in to MyFIT using the username and password given to you by Admissions. Once logged in, if you see a “Student” tab, this means your tuition deposit has been processed. If you still have an “Applicant” tab, your tuition deposit has NOT yet been processed and you must wait for the “Student” tab to appear before applying for housing. For more info on locating the Student tab, please view our application instructional video here.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who have just received their “Student” tab may receive a message stating their @ number is not eligible for housing. This simply means your Student tab is in the process of updating the housing system. In some instances, this may take up to 24 hours. Please continue to check back until you are able to choose an application.
How to apply online - View our video for step-by-step instructions
Please Note: Roommate and Room preferences are submitted through steps 2 and 3 of the application process (not at time of application as shown in video). These preferences will be available on the online application after June 1st.
Sunday, June 1st is the deadline to submit your application (Step 1).
WHAT HAPPENS IF I APPLY AFTER THE JUNE 1, 2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE?
Housing applications submitted by June 1st will be given priority. Housing applications submitted after June 1st will be offered housing based upon availability. In the past the residential life department has been able to offer housing to most applicants who applied after June 1st. A $300 non-refundable deposit will still be required to complete your application. You will ONLY be refunded this deposit if we are unable to offer you an on-campus accommodation by the first week of fall classes.
No, not all applicants are guaranteed housing. All applicants who apply by June 1st will be eligible for the New/Returning Application Process. Applications received prior to April 15th will be given priority in selecting a room. Applying with roommates also increases the chances of selecting your preferred accommodation. Applicants are randomly assigned a computer generated selection date, and time.
IN STEP 3, WHEN I GO TO SELECT A ROOM, WHAT DO I DO IF THE SYSTEM SHOWS THERE ARE NO ROOM TYPES TO SELECT?
If there are no rooms listed on this page, it is because there are no longer any accommodations for the number of roommate(s) you have selected. There may still be individual spaces available. The system will only show room types that match your roommate request(s). You and your roommate/s must go back to “Roommate Selection” and deselect each other. To deselect your roommates you must log on to MYHousing and go to the Navigation Bar on the left and click Roommate selection. Under My Future Roommates Requests you will see all the roommate(s) you have selected. Find the roommates names you wish to deselect and click remove roommate. Remember selecting and deselecting roommates must be mutual. After everyone involved has been deselected, then return to Step 3 Select a Room Type.
Remember: you may not be able to choose your preferred room type, but it will give you the opportunity to secure a space. If there are still no spaces available, it means that all spaces have been selected.
WHAT IF I DON’T GET AN ACCOMMODATION?
Applicants unable to select a space will be contacted via email with an update on their housing status by June 13th.
HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THE NEW ENTERING STUDENT SELECTION PROCESS?
E-Bill Notification will be sent by June 13th to those who were able to select a room type.
WHAT IS THE $300.00 NON-REFUNDABLE HOUSING DEPOSIT?
A $300.00 NON-REFUNDABLE housing deposit is required in order to complete & submit your application. This is NOT an additional fee and will be credited towards your total housing charges.
WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENT IS ACCEPTABLE FOR THE ONLINE $300.00 NONREFUNDABLE HOUSING DEPOSIT?
Only credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) will be accepted and must be submitted upon completion of the online application.
WHAT IF I AM UNSURE I WANT HOUSING?
You may decide to wait to apply until you are certain you want to live on-campus to avoid unnecessary NON-REFUNDABLE charges. In addition to losing the $300 non-refundable housing deposit, depending on the date of your withdrawal, students will also be responsible for additional posted withdrawal charges found here.
NEW/ENTERING students are placed in one of our three 27th street residence halls: CoEd, Nagler, or Alumni. Descriptions, pictures and floor plans for each residence hall can be found here.
NEW! COMING JUNE 2014, TOUR VIDEOS FOR COED, NAGLER, AND ALUMNI HALLS! Check back to this page for updated links and information.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRADITIONAL ROOM ACCOMMODATION AND AN APARTMENT ACCOMMODATION?
Traditional style accommodations include a shared room on a traditional style floor with community bathrooms and no kitchen. Students assigned traditional style accommodations are required to have a meal plan and is included in your rate. You will automatically be billed for the 19 meal plan, but may opt to change to a different meal plan after you have been assigned a room type.
Apartment style accommodations include private bathroom and kitchen. Apartment rates do not include meals but a meal plan may be purchased at an additional cost
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF APPLYING WITH A ROOMMATE?
Applying with roommates increases the chances of selecting your preferred accommodation. It is to your advantage to have the roommates with the earliest selection date and time select a room type. Once a room type is selected, all roommates will be automatically be assigned.
HOW DO I SELECT A ROOMMATE?
At least one business day after submitting your application, return to MyHousing. Click “Roommate Selection” to enter your choice of roommate(s). You must have your roommate(s)’ name and FIT email address. You cannot choose roommate(s) who did not apply. All roommates must log-in and complete Step 2 by requesting each other. Additionally, all roommate requests must be mutual. To change your roommate request, you and your roommate/s must go back to “Roommate Selection”, click the remove button, and deselect desired roommates. Now you can reenter new roommate requests. Remember all roommates' requests, whether selecting or deselecting, must be mutual.
HOW DO I SELECT A ROOM TYPE?
On June 2nd you will receive an email notification of your selection date/time. At your designated date/time, go to MyHousing and click “Select A Room/Suite”. Detailed step by step room selection information can be found here.
Since all rooms will be assigned after June 5th, requests for room type changes will be difficult to honor. Requests may be submitted via e-mail to the Residential Life Office.
AFTER SUBMITTING MY APPLICATION, HOW WILL I BE CONTACTED REGARDING MY HOUSING STATUS?
All correspondence (reminders, updates, billing, due dates) will ONLY be sent to the FIT student email address. You are responsible for checking your FIT email on a regular basis.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT MY ACTUAL ROOM NUMBER/FLOOR?
New/Entering Student Application Process is for a “room type” not a specific room. Those awarded housing can view their room/roommate assignments on MyHousing after July 15. However, room assignments may change prior to check-in. Residential Life reserves the right to change or consolidate assignments.
I HAVE BEEN AWARDED AN ACCOMMODATION AND RECEIVED AN E-BILL FROM RES LIFE. HOW DO I SUBMIT PAYMENT?
After you receive your E-Bill, it can take up to 24 hours for your housing charges to appear on your student account. Once posted, if you wish to submit payment online:
1)Log-in to MyFIT
2)Click the “Student” tab
3)Select “Pay Student Account & View E-Bill”
4)Click “Account Activity”
5)In the “View transactions by term:” drop-down menu, make sure you select the correct semester for which you have applied.
Other ways to submit payment can be found by visiting the Bursars’ website.
IS A DINING PLAN REQUIRED?
Students assigned to a traditional style accommodation are required to have a meal plan. You will automatically be billed for the 19 meal plan, but may opt to change to a different meal plan after you have been assigned a room type.
Students in an apartment style accommodation are not required to purchase a meal plan, but may purchase one at an additional cost.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS FOR NEW/ENTERING STUDENTS:
If you still have questions, visit our offices conveniently located in the lobbies of Kaufman or Alumni Hall.