Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross emphasized the importance of educating both the mind and the heart. Here at Holy Cross College, we recognize that such an education does not solely occur in the classroom. Living in our campus residence hall community is seen as a valuable opportunity for personal growth in mind, body and spirit. This is accomplished through providing an environment where one achieves an examined life through challenge, responsibility, academic inquiry and service.
In accordance with our mission the college requires that all full time Freshman and Sophomore students (fewer than 60 cumulative credit hours at the start of the academic year) live on campus, unless released from this requirement. The following Freshman and Sophomore Holy Cross students may receive an exemption from this mandatory requirement, provided they submit an exemption form no later than July 1 (January 1 if entering Holy Cross in the Spring Semester):
- Students who have earned 60 or more credit hours
- Students who have earned 54 or more credit hours and have lived 4 semesters in on campus housing
- Students who are 21 years of age prior to the first day of classes
- Married students
- Documented Veterans
- Students who are living locally with their parents (or legal guardians)
Students may click HERE to submit their exemption form to be released from this on campus housing requirement. All Freshman and Sophomore students who do not receive an exemption must apply for housing. Freshman and Sophomore students failing to do so will be assessed full room and board expenses.
For students who entered on or before Fall 2013: Students who receive 50% or more of their tuition and fees expenses in aid from the college in the form of scholarships and grants are required to live in the college residence halls for all semesters that such aid is received. In this way, students for whom the college makes a significant financial commitment shall in turn commit to contributing in a meaningful way to the life of the college. Students wishing to be relieved of this obligation may request a waiver. This request, which the student must submit in writing to the Dean of Students no later than 2 weeks after receipt of a Financial Aid package, must outline a compelling reason why such a waiver should be considered. Students receiving institutional aid in excess of 50% of tuition and fees, who leave the residence halls either by their own choice, or due to a disciplinary matter shall expect a reduction in their institutional aid, and will be subject to all applicable charges as outlined in the housing contract and student handbook.