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Merrimack College Clarifys Message on Financial Aid & Off-Campus Housing

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Scott Logush

Editor-in-Chief

During Easter Break, a time to celebrate with loved ones, Merrimack College sent out an email on March 30, 2024, intending to clarify some mixed messaging about on-campus housing, and how it relates to financial aid. Recently, there was some information circling around about a reduction in financial aid for the 2024-2025 academic year should a student elect to live off campus instead of on campus. A petition was made, and according to the creator, who is marked as “Unhappy Student” a prior email from the school stated the following:

Moving forward for the 2024-25 academic year, the housing policy is going to be enforced with a reduction in institutional aid if a student isn’t in residential housing. Students who wish to appeal this decision are asked to submit a letter by April 5, 2024 explaining their reason for living off-campus…

It should be noted that I did not see this in any email, and if someone wishes to send me the email they received with this information they are welcome to do so. In Merrimack’s email addressed to all students, coming from Warrior One Stop, they made one thing very clear, financial aid will not be changing for the 2024-2025 academic year:

We want to take the opportunity to clarify that financial aid will not be reduced for the limited number of students who have entered into independent, off-campus leases for the 2024-2025 academic year at Royal Crest (or other off campus locations), as long as they provide an official lease to financial aid listing all residents on the lease. 

Per an email from Merrimack College on March 30, 2024

Merrimack College said the confusion stemmed from communications sent to a specific group of people, whose financial and cost of attendance were related to their residency status:

Over the past few weeks, the College, as it always does, reached out to the students who had not made housing deposits by the deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year to confirm their intended housing status as we begin the on-campus housing placement process. At that time, the limited number of students contacted were also reminded that their financial aid and overall cost of attendance is related to their residency status (living on-campus/or in college leased/sponsored housing, off-campus with a signed lease or at home with their parents/guardians).

Per an email from Merrimack College on March 30, 2024

Merrimack also finished the email with an apology for the confusion created:

The College is committed to supporting all students and we apologize for the confusion. We hope this message clarifies the College’s financial aid policies in regards to residency status and off-campus housing/leases for 2024-2025.

Per an email from Merrimack College on March 30, 2024

For all students and parents worried, your scholarships and financial aid are not going anywhere for 2024-2025. For many students living off campus makes college more affordable, and that choice should remain theirs to make without fear of other aid being taken away.

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