Housing and Residence Life

Payment Information

Stipend for family

  • For each full month (with a three-day grace period) that a student lives with a family, the family receives a stipend meant to cover food and expenses only. The monthly stipend amount is $660 for Snohomish County residents and $705 for King County residents. The stipend is not intended for rent.
  • Stipends are mailed the first couple of weeks after a student arrives. Monthly stipends are mailed the first business week of the month.
  • Families may not bill students for additional expenses or request any funds from students without speaking with the Housing Office.

Student payment to college

Students pay for the entire quarter. There are no refunds for eligible students who choose to move out before the end of the quarter.

Vacations (student or family)

  • A student who goes on vacation for seven or more consecutive days during a homestay will be reimbursed $11.00 per night by the family for meals and utilities.
  • Families who go on vacation should email the Housing Office with dates and plans to provide for their student's meals. It would be best if a friend of the family could cook meals and check on the student. Students may also choose to stay with a friend or other family while their host family is on vacation. In this case, they will receive $11.00 per night for meals and utilities from their host family.

If students want to move out or change families

  • New students must be in the program for one quarter, as noted on their applications. They must talk to the Housing Office if they plan to move out. They may have to continue paying Homestay, even if they have signed an apartment lease.
  • All students commit to stay in Homestay for an entire quarter. Students may move out of the program at the end of each quarter if they are eligible.
  • No refunds are available to eligible students who choose to move out before the end of the quarter.
  • Students approved to move out at the end of the quarter, or those who change host families, are encouraged to give their host families 20 days' notice.
  • If a family has already received a stipend for the full month, the Housing Office will send a letter asking the family to return the stipend for the time the student is not in the home.
  • There is a three-day grace period.

Remember

  • We work on a 30-days-a-month calendar with a three-day grace period.
  • If your student travels for seven days or more over a break, return $11.00 per night to the student for unused meals and utilities. Keep records of these returns for tax purposes.
  • Payments may be late if students have not paid or confirmed that they are continuing for a new quarter.