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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to apply for a program at FTE?
Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school can attend EFL, EFAH, or EGE. Students who are currently in their freshman or senior year of high school are not eligible.


What are the application requirements?
All students will need to create an online account to start the application. An essay is required. A $25 non-refundable processing fee is also charged at the time of submission.

A complete transcript of all high school courses taken and grades received is required. An unofficial transcript is acceptable; however, all transcripts must include the student name and school name. If you have attended more than one high school or have additional coursework to show, you may upload additional files. A transcript from only the current semester or year will not be considered complete by the Admissions Committee.

A letter of recommendation is also required from a counselor, teacher, coach, or other adult who can offer a comprehensive assessment of the student’s performance. Please allow time for your recommender to complete the online recommendation form.

Your application will not be considered complete until ALL pieces of the application have been submitted and received, including the payment of the $25 fee. Exceptions for partial transcripts or incomplete letters of recommendation will not be granted, even if all other parts of the application have been completed.


When will I know if I have been accepted?
Applicants will be notified of their admission status via email within three weeks of their application being marked complete. To check on the status of your application, you can always log into the Self Service Center here.


How will I be notified?
We will notify applicants of their admission status through email. Please be sure to provide an email that you check frequently!

If accepted, it is your responsibility to follow the email directions and complete the additional enrollment forms in your portal within two weeks of your acceptance. You will also be prompted to submit your program payment at the same time.


I’ve been accepted, now what should I do?
Congratulations! You should log into the Self Service Center, complete your enrollment forms, and submit your payment. Your acceptance email will also provide directions and a link for you to access your portal.

Failure to complete your enrollment forms and submit your payment by the specified date will result in your spot being released to another well qualified candidate.


How much does it cost to attend EFL, EFAH or EGE?
Student participants are financially responsible for a $2,000 program fee, travel to and from the site, and dinner on the excursion day.


Does FTE offer financial assistance?
Yes! Scholarship funding is available. Visit our Costs & Scholarships page for more details about scholarship assistance.


How can I pay the program fee? 
Accepted applicants can pay online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). Payment directions can be found by logging in to your Self Service Center account.


Can I earn college credit for EFL, EFAH or EGE?
The FTE has a long and successful relationship with the University of Colorado. The Department of Economics at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will offer undergraduate credit (optional) for students participating in the EFL and EFAH programs. At this time, college credit is not available for the EGE program. Please visit the EFL College Credit page or EFAH College Credit page for more information.


What are the COVID-19 modifications for FTE programs?
Our participants’ health and safety is of the utmost concern. FTE will be following all guidelines required by the college, county and state of the site of each program including larger meeting rooms to accommodate appropriate social distancing, mandatory temperature checks each day, and additional sanitizing protocols. Updates to these policies will be available as the program date approaches and current health guidelines are known.


What if my in-person program is canceled due to COVID-19?
If your in-person EFL, EFAH or EGE program is canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants will be moved online into a virtual format. The virtual program is an online synchronous course that covers the same economic and leadership topics virtually. Participants who remain in the online programs will receive a rebate for the room and board portion of the program fee. Those who wish to withdraw from a program that has moved online will receive a full refund of the program fee. For participants who voluntarily withdraw from an in-person program that has not been canceled, refunds will be made according to the FTE stated refund policy and schedule:

If you cancel by May 21, 2021, you are eligible to have 50% of the paid program fee refunded to you. Refunds will not be offered for cancellations after May 21st.


How do I get to the college campus where my program will be held?
All transportation arrangements to and from the program site are the student’s responsibility. FTE does not provide a specific shuttle/bus to pick students up from airports, train station or transit hubs at any sites.

If air travel is necessary, students should ideally arrange their flights to arrive at the destination airport around lunchtime on the first day of the program – this provides enough time to pick up any checked luggage and eat lunch before catching a taxi or shuttle to get to the program site by check-in time, which is any time between 2 – 4 PM on Monday afternoon.

Orientation materials with local airport shuttle/taxi information will be provided to accepted students approximately four weeks before the start of the program. We encourage students and families to familiarize themselves with the various ground transportation options (taxi, Uber/Lyft, airport shuttle) and discuss/consider those logistics before choosing a site.

While we realize that solo long-distance travel is intimidating for some students and families, FTE also considers this process a necessary part of learning about the independence and initiative skills that our programs encourage. We’ve found that students who manage their ground transportation on their own (with parents just a cell phone call away, of course) return home from with a gratifying sense of independence and accomplishment that helps prepare them for college!


When should I purchase my airfare?
Because of the uncertainty with the current travel recommendations, FTE recommends waiting to purchase your flight until 2-4 weeks before your program starts. FTE is not responsible for any flight cancellations or airline fees.


Can I arrive late or leave early?
All students are required to be in attendance for the entire program. Students should plan to arrive on campus for check in between 2 – 4 pm on the program start date. Exceptions are made to the check-in time for travel delays only. Students should plan to check out on the morning of the program end date between 8 – 11 am.


I’m coming from another country. What type of visa do I need?
International students travelling to the US may require a visa; however, this will vary depending on country of origin and length of stay. Click here to find more information on our International Students page.


What should I bring to EFL, EFAH or EGE?
Students should have casual, comfortable clothes for the entire week, and perhaps a light sweater or jacket for air-conditioned classroom and dorm-room temperatures. Check the forecast before you pack! Also, please be sure to have a pair of comfortable, closed-toed shoes or sneakers that can get dirty for the outdoor activities and walking around campus.

Other suggested items include: your cell phone, charger, notebook, swimsuit, camera, pencils/pens, and enough money for extras and the one dinner your group will have off-site. Sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels are provided at each program.

Please DO NOT bring expensive electronics or large amounts of cash – we cannot guarantee dorm-room security.  Laptops are not required.

For EGE and the excursion to New York City, please plan for business casual dress for this day – long-sleeved, button-down shirts and dress slacks, or a knee-length skirt/sundress and sweater (or the equivalent). Please also be sure to bring comfortable but work-appropriate shoes that are suited to a professional work environment for the day.


Where do participants stay while at FTE programs?
Participants stay in dormitories on the campus of their program site. Dorm rooms are most often a traditional set-up – two participants of the same gender per room, with a communal bathroom down the hall. If the site you have chosen has a different set-up (i.e. suite style), you will be notified in the orientation materials provided approximately four weeks before the start of the program. At colleges where there are COVID-19 mandates on sharing dorm rooms, participants will be in single rooms.


What is included in the dorm rooms?
Dorm rooms include a bed, closet, desk, and chair. Linens are provided for the week and include a set of sheets, blanket, pillow, and pillowcase, as well as a bath towel and hand towel. We encourage participants to bring a sweatshirt or sweater as air-conditioned dorms can become cool at night (and dorm rooms sometimes do not have individual thermostats). You are welcome to bring extra towels or blankets if you wish.

Additional items such as fans and refrigerators are not included in the dorm rooms. If you have a medical reason for such an item, please contact us at information@fte.org to inform us of the situation as early as possible and see what accommodations might be made.


What if I have special dietary restrictions?
Please indicate this information when filling out your enrollment forms. We will work with the program site to make sure that any dietary needs, including food allergies, will be accommodated.


When will I receive more information about my program?
Orientation materials will be provided via email approximately four weeks before your program start date.


What will be expected from students attending FTE programs?
Students are expected to fully participate in all program sessions during the week. Those who miss sessions or choose not to participate may be sent home early. In addition, we ask students and parents to sign a Code of Conduct that acknowledges their responsibility to behave appropriately, respectfully, and honestly with FTE and program staff during the application process and the program itself.