Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Residency Requirements

Housing Complex

The CSC On-Campus Experience

Research shows that living on campus influences positive outcomes and student success.

1) Retention: On-campus students can expect greater potential for academic success and are more likely to persist.
2) Extracurricular Involvement: On-campus students can expect greater access and opportunities for campus activities, organizations, and leadership opportunities.

3) Positive Environment: On-campus students can expect a safe, academic, and supportive environment.
4) Interpersonal Relationships: On-campus students can expect higher levels of social interactions and opportunities to experience diverse perspectives.
5) Faculty and Staff Interaction: On-campus students will live among Residence Life Staff and have greater proximity to faculty and staff on campus.
6) The College Experience: On-campus living is a unique life experience in which students are more likely to stay enrolled, feel connected, and ultimately graduate.

Independent Living Policy

An independent living student is a student who meets at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Student has met the 1 year (2 semester) residency requirement.
  2. Student is living locally with parent(s) or permanent legal guardian(s) at a permanent residence within 60 driving miles of the Chadron State College campus. This requires that the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) live at the residence; ownership of property or living with another family member does not qualify for exemption.
  3. Student is married (documentation may be requested).
  4. Student has dependent minor(s) (documentation may be requested).
  5. Student is enrolled in exclusively online courses in the current semester.
  6. Student is 21 years of age or older as of the first class day of the semester.
  7. Student is enrolled in less than 12 credit hours in the current semester

Students requesting independent living status must complete an Independent Living Request, available at the Housing Office, prior to the start of the semester they plan to attend CSC. The application must be returned to the CSC Housing Office for approval. Students found in violation of this policy will be charged room and board and may face additional sanctions.


Students meeting one or more of the above criteria prior to the first day of classes for fall or spring may complete an Independent Living Application form, available in the Housing Office. All requests must be submitted for approval by August 15th (Fall Semester) or December 15th (Spring Semester). The decision will be communicated to the student's EagleMail account.

Late Independent Living Requests

The CSC Housing Office may approve a request after the deadline based on supported conditions. Any approval will be subject to appropriate College related fees.

Special Notes

New students who have applied for admittance to CSC after August 15th or December 15th (when applicable) must submit an Independent Living Application form by the first day of classes or will be subject to the housing contract cancellation fees as listed in the housing contract.

Students not meeting the above criteria are required to live on campus and have a meal plan. Additionally, if a student's residency situation changes, the student must notify the Housing Office or they may be subject to meet the on-campus residency requirement and pay all associated charges.

Independent living eligibility will be reviewed each semester by the Housing Office.

For questions, please contact the CSC Housing Office at (308) 432-6466 or email

Meal Plans

*All students living in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan*

Meal plans can be utilized 7 days per week in the Dining Room and the Eagle Market in the Student Center, or the To-Go located in the High Rise lobby. Please visit Dining Services for more information. Payment options may be arranged through the Business Office, please see CSC Room and Board Rates. Specific policies pertaining to CSC residence halls are included in the CSC Student Handbook and Residence Life Handbook.

17 Years of Age Requirement

On-campus students must be at least 17 years of age to reside in the CSC residence halls, per Board Policy 3500.

International Student Tuition Waiver Policy

Please refer to the International Student Tuition Waiver Policy for further details.