WIU to issue student refunds in next few days

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Western Illinois University officials released how much the university will refund students if they decided not to return to campus due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

WIU Housing and Dining Services sent an email to students Tuesday evening with how the reimbursements will be handed out.

Interim President Martin Abraham said in the letter, students not currently staying on campus will receive a 30 percent credit of housing and dining charges credited to their university account. He said the amount will vary based on room types and meal plans.

Abraham said students can expect credits to hit their accounts in the next few days. Adjustments that need to be made due to waivers, scholarships or additional meal plan dollars spent will be made over the next two weeks.

This announcement comes one day after the WIU Board of Trustees gave powers to Abraham to decide on carrying out refunds for students who did not return to campus. During the BOT meeting, nearly 20 students wrote in for public comment asking for the board to consider refunds.

WIU added an additional spring break week due to the coronavirus outbreak. During that extended week, the university decided classes would be online for the remainder of the semester.

Students who still have not formally checked out from their dorm must wait until the stay-home-order is lifted. Abraham said a formal check-out process will be sent out at a later date.

Questions regarding student refunds can be emailed to billings@wiu.edu.

WIU’s last day of school is set for May 8.