- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri hopes offering convenience and flexibility to would-be dormitory residents lures them away from apartments or other private housing amid enrollment declines.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (https://bit.ly/23X8d6l ) reports a video posted online by the school promises students can move into a dorm even if they’re short on money because their financial aid package hasn’t arrived.

That video also pledges that students can cancel their housing contract without charge if studying abroad for a semester or graduating in December.

That comes as latest enrollment projections show the university expects about 1,300 fewer freshmen this fall. Incoming freshmen generally must live on campus.

As head of the residential life office, Frankie Minor says there are about 700 unfilled beds in the 21 residence halls in use this fall.

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This story has been corrected to show that the number of unfilled beds is roughly 700, not 1,500.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, https://www.columbiatribune.com


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