Requesting an Exemption for First-Year Student Live-On Requirement

In an effort to provide our undergraduate students with the best experience possible and help them be academically and personally successful, Maine College of Art has a live-on requirement for all full-time, first-year students. We established this requirement because of the many benefits living in the residence halls provides students, especially during their first year at college.

Students first enrolling in the fall are required to live in the residence halls during the fall and spring semesters. Students first enrolling in the spring are required to live in the residence halls during the spring semester.

Exemptions to the live-on requirement can be given for one of the following reasons:

  • Student will be living at home with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and commuting to MECA. Students will need to provide written documentation from a parent or guardian.
  • Student is married or has dependent(s).
  • Student has a medical need that cannot be accommodated in on-campus housing.
    • Students will need to provide written documentation from their healthcare provider about the documented medical condition and housing needs to the Disability Services Coordinator.
  • Student turns 21 years old before the first day of classes of their first enrolled semester.
  • Student is a transfer student to MECA with 30 credits or more.

All other requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Requesting an Exemption

Students requesting an exemption from the live-on requirement, must submit a formal request in writing to the Director of Student Life citing the specific reason or reasons for the exemption.

The Director will make a decision and the student will be notified in writing within 7-10 business days of receiving the initial request. If the student is dissatisfied with the Director’s decision, they can submit an appeal to the Executive Vice President of the College. This appeal must be made in writing and received within 7-10 business days of the Director of Student Life’s decision.

Housing Exemption Form