UCF will issue refunds to students in on-campus housing communities owned by the university for a portion of the spring semester.

A plan to refund housing costs was unanimously approved on Thursday by the university’s Board of Trustees in light of the unprecedented need to ask students not to return to campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Refunds will go to students with leases in the Apollo, Libra, Lake Claire, Nike, Hercules and Neptune communities, as well as Towers and Rosen housing. The refunds will include students’ housing costs from March 27 through April 28, the end of the spring semester.

The university also is in discussions with the owners of NorthView and UnionWest — which are managed by UCF but privately owned. Details are still being worked out, but both are supportive of offering partial refunds for the spring term.

In addition, UCF continues to advocate on behalf of our students who reside in privately owned student apartments off campus. Ultimately, any decisions about refunds will be up to these individual off-campus properties and management companies.

Students still living on campus as of March 27 will not receive refunds.

Refunds will be processed beginning next week.

If housing costs were paid with a credit card, the refund will go back on the credit card. If not, refunds will be posted in eligible students’ accounts and will be shown in myUCF. Most students have their student account linked to a bank through direct deposit. Students who do not have direct deposit are encouraged to sign up by logging in to myUCF, clicking Student Accounts, and clicking Direct Deposit.

Students who haven’t set up direct deposit before refunds are posted will have checks sent to their mailing address on file with UCF. Students are encouraged to verify the address on file is correct, and to update it if it’s not. Verify or update your mailing address by logging in to myUCF, clicking Student Accounts, clicking Student Center, and reviewing the Personal Information section.

Any unpaid charges owed to the university will be deducted from students’ refunds.

Housing Rental Rates

For the first time since 2012, the university also is considering raising on-campus housing rental rates by an average of 5 percent for each of the next three years.

The new rates would apply to the 4,444 beds in the Apollo, Libra, Lake Claire, Nike, Hercules, and Neptune communities.

Other privately owned on-campus and affiliated communities, such as the Towers, NorthView, the Rosen College Student Apartments and UnionWest at UCF Downtown, have already approved rental rate increases up to 5 percent to take effect in the fall.

These increases would mean, on average, an extra $36 per month for residents, and are expected to generate nearly $1.4 million next year. That money would help to fund important housing improvement projects, as well as staffing and other operating expenses that have grown with the number of on-campus beds and the demands for student housing.

The Board of Trustees Finance and Facilities Committee is scheduled to consider the proposed fee and housing rental rate changes during a meeting at 8:30 a.m. on April 22 via video conference.

The full Board will then vote on both issues during its April 23 meeting, beginning at 8:30 a.m. via video conference.

If approved, UCF Housing and Residence Life will be reaching out to new and returning residents about the new rates.