U of MN regents approve refund for students for dining, housing fees

Refunds are coming to U of MN students who had to leave campus because of the pandemic. Refunds are coming to U of MN students who had to leave campus because of the pandemic. | 

Created: April 03, 2020 06:25 PM

Students who were forced to move off-campus because of the pandemic will be getting a refund for unused dining and dorm fees.


In a special meeting conducted remotely Friday, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the Comprehensive Student Fee Refund Plan proposed by University President Joan Gabel.

This systemwide plan considers specific student expenses and fees and outlines appropriate financial credit for these charges in response to COVID-19 and, more specifically, the recent “Stay at Home” executive order for Minnesota.

The Comprehensive Student Refund Plan offers a 100% credit for many charges related to student housing and access to other University services, pro-rated from March 28, the first official day of the Governor’s order, through the last day of finals in May or the end of individual contracts.

These expenses include: 

•    Housing and Residential Life services (housing, dining plans for on-campus and off-campus residents, flex-dine/dining dollars and voluntary meal plans); 
•    parking fees (on campuses with University-owned parking);
•    recreation and wellness fee (the comparable fee in Rochester, from the YMCA, will not be charged in April and May);
•    transportation and safety (fee only applies for Duluth and Twin Cities campuses), and;
•    student services fee (will be refunded at 50% of fee that would have applied March 28 through the last day of finals in May).

Totals will vary depending on each student’s home campus and how they specifically engage with the services covered in the plan. Students do not need to take action to receive their credit.

This will happen automatically, with credit appearing in students’ individual University accounts within one month. Students with questions about the plan are encouraged to contact the One Stop Student Services team or business office on their individual campuses with questions.

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