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Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the 2021 EFAH program being held?

EFAH is being held at the June 28-July 4 at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Please note, if COVID-19 restrictions prevent the EFAH program from being held in-person, this program will be cancelled. Please consider attending our Economics for Leaders (EFL) or EFL Virtual program as an alternative.

What is the structure of the EFAH program?

EFAH is a student-teacher program that combines classroom lectures and hands-on activities to teach high school students and high school teachers about the economic principles underlying key events in American history. Students and teachers are together in the mornings for the lectures and activities. After lunch, teachers continue with this format, while students split off for leadership activities in the afternoons.

The EFAH program is closed to further enrollment. Does the FTE maintain a wait list for closed programs?

Please reach out to Lisa Chang at lchang@fte.org to find out if EFAH is maintaining a wait list prior to submitting your registration.

What is the cost of the EFAH program?

The EFAH registration fee is $150. Your room (single occupancy with COVID-19 protocols), meals (except for one dinner), and program materials are included in this fee. Transportation to and from the program site, including all expenses associated with travel, are the responsibility of the participant.

Please note that you must submit your registration payment before you are considered officially enrolled; completing the online registration form without payment does not guarantee your spot.

Where do participants stay while attending EFAH?

For the 2021 EFAH Williamsburg site, participants will stay in dormitories in a single room with COVID-19 protocols in place. Dorm rooms are most often a traditional arrangement, with a communal bathroom down the hall. Additional details about the rooms will be included in the orientation information that will be provided about four weeks before the start of the program.

Teacher participants are usually housed together, in a separate dormitory wing or floor from the student participants.

Because of campus restrictions, we cannot allow non-participant guests, such as spouses or friends, to stay in the dorms with program participants.

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 sometimes individual rooms do not have their own thermostat). You’re also 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 Lisa Chang at lchang@fte.org to inform her of the situation as early as possible to see what accommodations might be made.

What is the program schedule for the week?

EFAH programs run Monday through Saturday of each week offered. Check-in is any time between 2 and 4 PM on Monday afternoon, with check-out on Saturday afternoon at 5 PM.

For those participants whose schedule will not allow them to travel home on Saturday evening, FTE provides an option for participants to stay over on Saturday night and check out Sunday morning by 11 AM. This option is available for an additional $50 charge and must be selected on the registration form.

When do I need to arrive at the program site?

EFAH check-in and program registration is held on Monday afternoon between 2 and 4 PM. All participants, including commuters, need to check in during that time.

I’ll need to arrive a little late, leave early and/or miss a couple of sessions during the week. Is this OK, and can I still get the university credit?

No. Everyone who participates in FTE programs is expected to be present for the entire program. Participants must be in attendance at all sessions to be eligible for university credit. Please plan your travel and your schedule accordingly.

If you leave early or do not attend all scheduled sessions, you will be ineligible to receive the optional graduate credit and fail to receive your course completion certificate.

How do I register for the graduate credits for my EFAH program?

Information on graduate credits through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will be provided in the orientation details approximately four weeks prior to each program. You can also click here to learn more about registering for credit.

How are stipends awarded?

There are two types of stipends available for teacher programs – participation and commuter stipends. EFAH 2021 is eligible for both a participation stipend of $350 and a commuter stipend of $150.

To earn an available participation stipend, teachers must attend and actively participate in all sessions. There is no need to apply for the participant stipend.

Commuter stipends are available for local participants who commute to campus each day of the program (not staying in dormitories). To earn an available commuter stipend, participants must attend and actively participate in all sessions. There is no need to apply for the commuter stipend.

Stipend checks will be mailed in August 2021, once all FTE summer programs are completed.

What is the cancellation policy?

The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) is closely monitoring the ongoing presence of COVID-19. FTE is in close contact with our campus and hotel partners. Should a campus or hotel closure require the cancellation of a program, full refunds of the program fee will be given. For participants who voluntarily withdraw, refunds will be made according to the FTE stated refund policy and schedule.

The registration fee will be refunded 50% for cancellations made prior to May 1, 2021.  After May 1, no refunds will be issued.