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Frequently Asked Questions


Where are the 2022 EFIAH programs being held?

Economic Forces in American History (EFIAH) will be offered at two locations this summer: Williamsburg, VA (at the College of William & Mary) from July 4-9 and Cleveland, OH (at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square Hotel) from July 18-23.  Please note, if COVID-19 restrictions prevent the EFIAH program from being held in-person, these program will be cancelled. Please consider attending our Economics for Teachers (EFT) or EFT Virtual program as an alternative.


What is the structure of the EFIAH program?

EFIAH combines classroom lectures and hands-on activities to teach high school teachers about the economic principles underlying key events in American history.


What is the cost of the EFIAH program?

The EFIAH 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 EFIAH?

For the 2022 EFIAH 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.

For the 2022 EFIAH Cleveland site, participants will be housed in a single-occupancy hotel room. If you would like to bring a guest to share your room, there is an additional $100 fee and please request this on your application.


What is included in the dorm rooms?

College of William & Mary 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?

EFIAH 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?

EFIAH 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 EFIAH 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. EFIAH 2022 program attendees are eligible for both a participation stipend of $500 and a commuter stipend of $150.

To earn a 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 late summer, once all FTE summer programs are completed.


The EFIAH 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 EFIAH is maintaining a wait list prior to submitting your registration.


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 20, 2022.  After May 20, no refunds will be issued.