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RECENT QUESTIONS FROM FAMILIES

TE Central has received numerous emails from parents seeking information regarding the following issues: 

May 1 acceptance deadline. 

Families express concern over schools' pressure on Tuition Exchange (TE) students to accept and deposit sooner than May 1. TE member institutions that are also members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) are reminded of the following excerpts from NACAC's Guide to Ethical Practice in College Admission (September 2020):

 

Section II. The Responsible Practice of College Admission

A. Admission Cycle Dates, Deadlines, and Procedures for First-Time Fall Entry Undergraduates

Recommended dates and deadlines

National Candidates Reply Date: Colleges should use the widely recognized date of May 1 as the earliest enrollment confirmation deadline. Before being asked to make an enrollment decision and commit to an institution, students should have time to hear from each school that admitted them and receive notice of offers of financial aid and scholarships; and admission to honors and other special programs.

Members are encouraged to work with other campus offices such as academic departments, housing, and financial aid to create a consistent deadline that does not require students to commit or accept an offer before May 1.

Binding Early Decision plans and recipients of athletic scholarships are recognized exceptions to this recommendation.

Offers of admission should state if the deposit is refundable or non-refundable.

Notification of scholarship and financial aid offers: Students should not be required to submit an enrollment confirmation until the institution has notified them of all financial aid offers and scholarships.

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TE Central has heard from students and their families who have been offered TE Scholarships (an institutional administered, funded scholarship, and recognized by NACAC as institutional financial aid) that some institutions expect the TE student to deposit and accept TE Scholarship sooner than the widely recognized May 1 admitted candidates' reply date. Although TE Central does not dictate how TE member institutions administer their admission, financial aid, and TE programs, we remind all NACAC TE member schools that TE institutions administer their programs and follow the NACAC's Guide as stated above. Although the language does say "should" rather than shall/will allow students until May 1 to accept an offer of admission and financial aid, we hope that your institution adheres to the ethical practices provided by NACAC.

TE Central understands it is more challenging to predict admission, financial aid, and TE Scholarship yields today. Making more offers earlier is commonplace now, realizing that there are no longer any potential penalties when a TE member institution's export/import becomes out of balance. TE eliminated the balance sheet requirement effective November 1, 2020.

Nothing prohibits communication with students to determine the likelihood of enrollment. TE Central understands the desire to confirm enrollment commitments and recognize there may
be other students on your TE waitlist. Still, it is expected that accepted students will be given the appropriate amount of time to decide where they will attend college. Still, the student should not be required to determine sooner than the widely recognized accepted candidates' reply date of May 1.

Extending the TE Application process. Tuition Exchange Central surveys all school members seeking information about TE scholarship opportunities beyond May 1. The survey results are posted on the front page of the TE website. We also push the updated list to all who sign-up for the TE app.  

TE APPThe APP is available inside the Apple Store or Google Play Store, depending on the device you use most.

Spring 2020 grading. Many schools are offering students the option to modify their grades for the spring 2020 semester from a LETTER grade to a Pass/Fail. We applaud our schools for their quick thinking. Again, every school has its own set of TE academic guidelines. The student will need to contact the IMPORT school (TE Liaison Officer) for further guidance regarding this change. TE Central nor your employer can provide any information regarding this option.  

An important reminder for Parents - Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) rules apply. In most cases, parents will not obtain grading information without the student on the phone with you. Please understand every school must uphold this important Federal rule. All schools are required to publish their FERPA guidelines. Parents are urged to review the Import schools college catalog or student handbook for specific information.

Schools continue to do their daily work, including approving and denying TE scholarships. Every TE scholarship application action creates an email notification. The purpose of the updates is a status update.   Please review the email carefully. 

First-time TE applicants, the student can monitor application changes on our website, Family section, then select application status. The information required for access is information entered on the application by the family or your employer, the four-digit code (TE ID), the student's birth date, and the student's email. Contact your EXPORT (employer) TE Liaison Officer. Contact your EXPORT (employer) TE Liaison Officer. If you no longer remember what these three data elements provided/entered, contact your EXPORT (employer) TE Liaison Officer. Ask for a copy of the student's TE -EZ application. Due to the nature of the information, TE Central will not provide families with the information.  

The continuing student who plans to return to the same school they are currently attending can monitor their application status, too. Unlike first-time TE scholarship announcements, continuing student awards are based on the parent/spouse/partner's continued eligibility with the employer AND the student's academic success. Grades are reviewed after the close of the spring semester/term. 

Continuing students have two statuses. New and approved. For the continuing student, NEW means the Export (employer) has confirmed the eligibility of the employee and APPROVED means the Import (attending school) has funded the student for the following academic year. These two actions generally happen at different times of the year. Please note, if an employee quits her job at any time before or during the academic year, the status of NEW and APPROVED can be updated based on the guidelines of the EXPORT (employer) school. For further information on what happens if I quit my job, contact your TE Liaison Officers where you are employed.  

TE scholarships are non-transferrable. If the student decides to transfer to another TE school, this means a new TE application. There are no guarantees with the TE scholarship. Please be sure to visit first with the EXPORT (employer) school to confirm a new request is possible. If yes, complete the TE EZ-app listing ONLY the new school(s). The Import (attending) school then makes its decision based on the student's transfer academic record, not the student's high school records.  

We have entered a new normal. Together we are strong. It is essential to know who to contact and what questions need to be asked. Inside the family section of our website, you will find every member's TE Liaison Contact email. Please use the member search function to help you.

Thank you and please for the safety of you and your loved ones stay safe.