First Through Third Years

Eastman School of Music requires all first- second-, and third-year students to reside on campus unless they are approved for a residency exemption. This policy is intended to develop community and best support the Eastman undergraduate experience. Students who live off campus prior to senior year delay graduation, do not utilize on campus resources and supports, miss more classes, lessons, and opportunities, and don’t make healthy choices to eat right, rest, and maintain appropriate school-life balance.

Medical and Disability related appeals are accepted at any time and must be sent directly to the Office of Disability Services through their website.  Non-medical/disability (supported by documentation) releases from the 3-year residency requirements are processed by the Office of Student Affairs, only occur between semesters, and must follow the timeline below.

Timeline of Appeal process (non-medical and non-disability related):
Spring 2019 – to be considered for a Fall 2019 release
Appeals are accepted beginning February 1, 2019
Appeals are due by March 1, 2019
Decisions will be provided by March 15, 2019

Summer 2019 – to be considered for a Fall 2019 release
Appeals are accepted beginning June 1, 2019
Appeals are due June 15, 2019
Decisions will be provided by July 1, 2019

Financial Appeals

Financial Appeals
Appeals to be released from your Eastman housing contract due to changes in your financial circumstances will only be considered after the following steps have been completed: 1) Students must have a completed FASFA and/or CSS Profile on file with the Eastman Financial Aid Office, 2) Students must be maximizing all available aid opportunities, including student loans and work study, and 3) Students must complete a budget in the University’s financial literacy software, SALT, and schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor to review your budget

Upon completion of the above steps the financial aid office will make a recommendation to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, who will then make the final decision on your request to be released from your housing contract.

Other Appeals

If the student, parent(s), or guardian(s) live within Monroe County (commutable distance). For all students, this primary address needs to be established prior to initial enrollment at the Eastman School of Music. This is done by providing a copy of any document that verifies the student’s residence, (i.e. utility bill, identification card, or lease agreement). If the student is residing with a guardian or family, they must explain their relationship with that individual.

Students who are married. A copy of a government-issued certificate recognizing the partnership (i.e. marriage license or domestic partnership certificate) is required supporting documentation.


If you have questions regarding the Residency Exemption Request process, please contact Robert E. Bones