The Catholic University of America

Housing Deposit and Room Selection Intent

Submission of both the $500 Housing Deposit and the Room Selection Intent indicate a student’s commitment to reside in campus housing for the entire academic year. 

The deadline for submitting both the $500 Housing Deposit and the Room Selection Intent is Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). With the exception of Rising Sophomores required to live on campus, students interested in requesting housing after this deadline will be advised to apply for the waitlist.




Housing Deposit

The $500 Housing Deposit must be submitted in order for the Room Selection Intent to become available in MyHousing. The Housing Deposit will be applied towards a student's Fall semester housing charges.

There are three options for payment of the Housing Deposit. 
Payment Location Payment Method Time to Post to Student Account^ Availability
Online (CardinalPAY)* E-check** or Credit Card♦ Immediately Anytime
Cashier's Office (Leahy Hall) Cash

1-2 Business Days

Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Enrollment Services (Father O'Connell Hall W200) Paper Check~ 1-2 Business Days Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
^Access to the Room Selection Intent is granted once payment is posted to a student's account
*Select Housing Deposit payment (ignore "unavailable"), not tuition and fees
**Preferred method of payment; select Fall 2017 term for payment
♦Credit card payment carries a 2.75% convenience charge; select Fall 2017 term for payment
~Checks should be made payable to The Catholic University of America. Include the student's full-name and CUA ID number on the memo line of the checkThe University does not accept postdated checks or starter checks.
CardinalPAY: Students can access CardinalPAY under the "Finances" section of their Student Center screen in Cardinal Student. A parent, guardian or other authorized payer can also submit payment on the student’s behalf via CardinalPAY. Payment via CardinalPay grants immediate access to the Room Selection Intent in MyHousing. Cash or check payments may take 1-2 business days to post to a student’s account and therefore will delay access to the Room Selection Intent.

Refunds: The $500 Housing Deposit is generally non-refundable unless the student is not required to live in campus housing and does not select a space in the lottery or accept a waitlist offer. If a student that is not required to live on campus requests to withdraw from Room Selection prior to selecting a space, the request will be approved and the deposit refunded or reallocated to the student's account.

Cancellations: Requests to cancel housing will be reviewed according to the terms of the Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement. Approved Housing Cancellation Requests may incur a Housing Cancellation Fee per Section H of the Agreement. For cancellations made before Fall 2018 room charges are accrued, the Housing Deposit will be applied to the Housing Cancellation Fee. Entering an off-campus lease after requesting and receiving a campus housing assignment is not an accepted reason for cancellation of the Agreement. Students should review off-campus housing options before selecting a campus housing assignment.


Room Selection Intent

The Room Selection Intent is the online application for Room Selection. Submission of both the Housing Deposit and this online application conveys a student's intent to participate in the lottery and live on campus for the upcoming academic year. Therefore, students who plan to participate in the Room Selection process are required to complete and submit the Room Selection Intent. The Intent is accessed by navigating to Cardinal Student >Student Self-Service>MyHousing. If a student has not submitted a housing deposit and attempts to access the Intent, s/he will receive a message with instructions on how to submit payment of the housing deposit.

Agreement: Once payment of the deposit posts to the student’s account, the student can proceed with the Intent: confirmation that s/he has read, understands, and agrees to the terms and conditions of the Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement. When a student selects a space in the lottery or is otherwise assigned by the housing staff, s/he is held to the terms of the Agreement for the upcoming academic year. Reasons to support cancellation of the Agreement are outlined in Section H.

Application Questions: Once the student has confirmed agreement, s/he is asked a few application questions. More information on these questions can be found in the Application Guide. Once the questions are answered, the Intent is complete.