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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Student Policies and Procedures

Housing Eligibility

In order to be eligible for student housing, one must be fully admitted be enrolled in a degree program at Teachers College and registered for classes.  Full-time employees of Teachers College are not eligible for on-campus housing.

To maintain housing eligibility, residents must be enrolled and registered for a minimum of 9 credits or equivalent each semester (fall and spring).  Two-thirds of each semester's credits (6 points per term) must be earned course credits (i.e. not Certificates of Equivalency).  Semester courses that are defined by the Registrar as full-time, qualify a resident for full-time status.  

Any resident who completes 18 credits during the fall and spring semesters combined (or 9 credits during the spring semester for students who begin residency in the spring) is not required to register for summer sessions and may remain in the residence hall, but must re-enroll for the upcoming fall semester and live in Teachers College housing for the upcoming fall semester.  


To remain eligible for summer housing if a resident is vacating in the summer (at the conclusion of Summer A or Summer B) the resident must be enrolled for the summer or have documentation from the College demonstrating an affiliation with the College during the summer.  If the resident is teaching in public schools or has dependents in public schools, the resident is permitted to remain in housing until the conclusion of Summer A.


Please note than residents who become Teachers College full-time employees are not eligible for Teachers College housing, and will be required vacate Teachers College housing at the end of their active contract.

Length of Residency

Resident may remain in housing for the following periods of time, depending on his/her degree program: MA/MS students up to 2 years; MA/MS students whose degree requires 60 credits or more up to 3 years; EdM students up to 3 years; EdD/PhD students up to 6 years.

Residents continuing in subsequent programs or returning to Teachers College housing after a break in stay, are entitled to the maximum number of years for the highest degree program for which they register (i.e. residents who use two years for an MA will have one additional year for an MA/MS (requiring 60 credits or more) or an EdM, and four additional years for an EdD or PhD program. Students who use three years for an MS (requiring 60 credits or more) or EdM will have three additional years for an EdD or PhD).

Residents continuing in a different program are entitled to the maximum number of years for the highest degree program for which they register plus one additional year.

Should Resident's spouse, domestic partner or child apply for on-campus housing, the Resident's  length of residency will be used in determining the length of eligibility for the spouse, domestic partner or child should said party receive an offer for occupancy in Teachers College housing.