How it Works

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1. Student and Host

Student:  Students who wish to find housing at a reduced rate can participate in Connect Room & Board’s housing program.  Students pay $2500 for room and board per semester at the home of a participating host.  The program is a collection of host homes who have agreed to house a qualified student for a set fee. These students recognize the opportunity we provide.  Participation can save students thousands of dollars and allows them to pursue their degree with less financial burden.

Intern:  If you are participating in an internship program, you can also find housing at a reduced rate through the Connect Room & Board housing program.  Interns pay $167 per week for room and board at the home of a participating host.  

Host:  A participating host has offered their home to help a student reduce the room and board expense. By becoming a participant, hosts agree to offer a qualified student a room to live in and a place to call home for one semester.  In return they receive $2250. (Students pay $2500.  Connect Room & Board collects 10% and host receives the balance)

If a host agrees to housing an intern, they will receive $150 per week. Intern pays $167 a week.  Connect Room & Board collects 10% and the host receives the balance.

 

2. Background Check

The program is currently available to students 18 and older. Everyone over 18 participating in this program – host family members and students –  will be required to have a background check.  The background check will be handled through Renting Authority, an independent third-party background screening company once your profile is submitted.   After the background check is complete, the results will be forwarded to Connect Room & Board.  All approved applicants will be notified and provide a password to gain access to the secure listings. 

3. How to Apply

Student & Interns:  Find the complete application form in the main menu at the top of the page.  Once you have competed the application, Connect Room & Board will email the student a background check application.  Once the student has  been cleared by Renting Authority they will be given a password to search the participating Connect Room & Board homes where they are attending school. When a student finds a home that matches their housing needs, agrees to the terms and conditions and the host house rules, the student can initiate a conversation with the host.  Once the student and host have made a formal housing agreement, the home will be listed at “Matched.”

Host:  Find the complete application form in the main menu at the top of the page. Once you have competed the application, Connect Room & Board will email all individuals over the age of 18 living in the host family home a background check application.  When the host family has  been cleared by Renting Authority, they will be given a password to preview the participating Connect Room & Board homes and participating student profiles. A student may initiate contact with the host to discuss the housing opportunity.  When a host is formally matched with a student, the host must inform Connect Room & Board that a match has been made so that the listing can be updated as “Matched.” 

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4. Match Made

Participating students initiate conversations with participating  host homes.  Conversations continue until both parties have formally agreed to the terms and conditions and house rules.  When a match between a student and host is made, the host must inform Connect Room & Board so the home can be properly labeled as Matched.  It is recommended that the student and host complete a housing contract. 

The housing fee will be paid through PayPal to Connect Room & Board.  Connect Room & Board collects a 10% fee.  The balance will be forwarded to the host once the student moves in.