What do I do if my student returns to his/her home country for the summer?

It does seem a little early to start thinking about the summer but when it comes to student planning; the sooner, the better to have this discussion with your student(s)!  Please have your student(s) read this as well so they have a good understanding of the policy as well.

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Here’s a refresher of the GRC Summer Vacation Policy in a Q&A format to better serve you.

Q: My student(s) is leaving right after spring quarter & won’t return until fall quarter.  Do I charge them the full shared living expense?

A: No.  We ask that you only charge them half as a sort of reservation & storage of their items in their bedroom.  They are not eating nor using any utilities while they are gone therefore we found that charging half ($337.50 a month) would be fair to both host & student.

Q: Since my student(s) will be gone all summer & has paid to reserve their room, can I host a Short Term Program student or another student looking for temporary housing?

A: No.  Your student has paid you half of the shared housing expense to leave their items in their room as they have left them.  They have paid for that privacy, please respect it.

Q: My student(s) doesn’t want to pay the $337.50 a month to reserve their room, what do I do?

A: Inform your student that they must then pack up their items/move when they return to their home country; the room is no longer available to them when they return for the Fall as we will place NEW IPEL students in their place.  Please then notify housing@greenriver.edu with your summer questionnaire that we will email to you the week of May 4th, 2015 about the placement changes.

Q: My student has asked me to drive him/her & their friend to the airport.  They also asked I pick them up when they return after holiday.  Can I charge them?

A: Yes.  You can charge them no more than $50 each/one way.

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Here are some examples about the half shared living expense. We know this can be a little confusing so if you’re still unsure please contact IPEL Housing at housing@greenriver.edu if you need clarification on payment process for vacations.  

Example 1

1. Student moves into host family on April 13th. Student pays $675 shared expense on day they move in as normal. And continues to pay every month on the 13th (anniversary day).

2. Student leaves for vacation to home country on August 9th. Student pays $337.50 shared expense on August 9th before they leave to reserve their room while they are gone for the month. That $337.50 is good through September 9th.

4. Student returns on September 15th.  You can either not charge them just those couple of days difference or half of the daily rate of $25, so you can charge them $12.50 for the couple of days difference.  In this case it would be $62.50.  The students NEW anniversary date now is the 15th of every month ($675) because that’s when they returned.

Example 2

1. Student moves into host family on April 13th. Student pays $675 shared expense on day they move in as normal. And continues to pay every month on the 13th (anniversary day).

2. Student leaves for vacation to home country on August 16th.  Student pays $25/day for additional days they stay after their anniversary date before they leave on vacation.  In this case it would be $50 (2 nights) if you want to charge them, you don’t have to for just the 2 days.   They will then pay the half of the shared living expenses of $337.50 for August 16th-Sept 16th.

4. Student returns on September 16th. Student pays $675 shared expense on that day & every 16th of the month there after.

Example 3

1. Student moves into host family on February 13th. Student pays $675 shared expense on day they move in as normal. And continues to pay every month on the 13th (anniversary day).

2. Student is taking the entire summer off & will leave at the end of spring quarter.  Their plane ticket is to leave June 16.  They will not return until September 19th.  They told you they want to live with you in the Fall & want to reserve their room & leave their things with you.

3.  Student is to pay you half of the shared living expense for the summer:

  • June 13th-June 16th ($25 daily rate to stay) = $50
  • June 16th-July 16th (half of the shared living expense) = $337.50
  • July 16th-August 16th (half of the shared living expense) = $337.50
  • August 16th-September 16th (half of the shared living expense) = $337.50
  • September 16th-19th ($12.50 half of the daily rate to stay) = $37.50
  • September 19th-as long as they live with you (normal shared living expense) = $675

*****Some tips: Students may not feel comfortable or have that large amount of money to pay you all at once.  To be fair to you & the students, we ask that you only ask for half of the summer total.  That way the you both feel secure in the summer reservation.

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WE LOVE OUR HOST FAMILIES! !

Thank you, Dayrit Family for the wonderful Ube Cake!! It is DELICIOUS!! :)

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-IPEL Housing Team

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Tulip Festival!!

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A trip to view the tulip fields in Skagit Valley. We will stop by La Conner, WA for lunch and Roozengaarde Display Garden for the tulip view. Meet at the bus circle at 8:30 a.m on Sunday, April 12th!

$10 for GRC students
$30 for Non students

Click –>here<– to sign up!

*Please note: You MUST turn in waiver BEFORE the trip. If you are under 18 come to the Student Life Office to get the waiver for your parent/guardian to sign No one under 16 may participate

-IPEL Housing Team

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Cherry Blossom Viewing at UW

When: Tomorrow, Saturday April 11th
Where: Meet at the bus circle (Main Campus)
Time: 9:30A-4:30P
Cost: Free

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-IPEL Housing Team

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Peer Volunteers Needed

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-IPEL Housing Department

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Host Family Reminders

Greetings Host Families!!

The Housing Team wanted to give you a few reminders about Hosting Students;

  • A successful host family is flexible and open-minded. They must be willing to share themselves and provide a safe, loving home for their international student. A good host family believes that hosting a student is a rewarding and mutually beneficial experience for themselves and their student….NOT a moneymaking venture.

Example:  Invite your student to become part of your family. Even if they turned you down on your invite to your kids soccer game the last 2 times, doesn’t mean they don’t want to go this time.

  • Each quarter is different. Fall and Winter are the busiest. There are fewer students looking for housing during Spring and Summer, so your room may be empty at some point during the year. We never guarantee to fill all of the rooms in your home and we cannot make the students stay.

Example: Do not count on this as income. It is unreliable as an income source and we cannot guarantee you will have students. The students can always tell when a host is doing this for the money and they will move out and complain to their friends and the housing staff.

  • Communication with the IPEL Housing Team is CRUCIAL!!

Example: If your student is moving, transferring or taking a quarter off; please be responsible and communicate with Housing, directly.

  • Do not move a student into your home without notifying IP Housing.
  1. Immigration requires that we have a record of student’s address
  2. Students with a negative history may be removed from the program.
  3. Student may not be attending GRC.
  4. Student may not be part of the IP Housing Program.
  • If a student is not in our program and moves into your home it is grounds for the host family to be dismissed from the IP Housing program.

Example: There are logistics such as immigration status which can become problematic if you recruit on your own.

  • Hosting student(s) from another school/program is also grounds for immediate dismissal from the Housing Program

All of these reminders can be found in our Host Family Manual!

Please e-mail housing@greenriver.edu if you have any questions or concerns!!

-The IPEL Housing Team

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Washington State I.D. or Driver’s License

Greetings All!

Has your student expressed an interested in obtaining their Washington State  I.D or Drivers License? We have attached some helpful handouts to read before your student signs up for driving school!

Please click here for information on Driving School

Please click here for information on students getting a Driver’s License

Please click here for information on students getting a WA State I.D.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IPEL Housing at housing@greenriver.edu

-Your IPEL Housing Team

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