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FAQs

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Thank you for your interest in our Economic Forces in American History (EFIAH) program for teachers!  Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about the program:

Where are the 2020 EFIAH programs being held?

EFIAH programs are held at various colleges and universities around the country – we are still finalizing our 2020 sites and dates.  Please check back for more information.  We will also post updated 2020 information on our Sites and Dates page.

What is the structure of the EFIAH program?

EFIAH 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.

Economic History for Leaders (EHFL) is the name of the student program, while EFIAH is the name that is used to describe the teacher program.

A program that I wish to attend is closed to further enrollment. Does the FTE maintain a wait list for closed programs?

Wait lists are kept for some, but not all, EFIAH site locations.  Please reach out to Lisa Chang at lchang@fte.org to find out if your program of interest is maintaining a wait list prior to submitting your registration.

What is the cost of the EFIAH program?

The EFIAH registration fee is $150.  Your rooms (double occupancy), 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 are NOT considered enrolled until we receive your registration payment; completing the online registration form without payment does not guarantee your spot.

Where do participants stay while attending EFIAH?

Participants stay in dormitories on the campus of their program site.  Dorm rooms are most often a traditional arrangement – 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 emailed to you four weeks before the start of the program.  Teacher participants are housed together, but in a separate dormitory wing or floor from the student participants.

Because of campus restrictions, we cannot allow non-participant guests 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?

The EFIAH program runs 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.  There is a half-day (usually on Thursday, but the day is subject to change), with time off to relax and/or sight see in the afternoon.

For those participants whose schedule will not allow them to travel home on Saturday evening, FTE provides the option for participants to stay over on Saturday night and check out Sunday morning by 10 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 can’t get there on the first day until 2 hours after you have started.  Can I still get the graduate credit?

No, participants must be in attendance at all sessions to be eligible for university credit.  Please plan your travel so that you can be there at the start and finish of the program.

I must leave early to catch my flight home – can I still get the graduate credit?

No, participants must be in attendance at all sessions to be eligible for university credit.  Please plan your travel so that you can be there at the start and finish of the program.

Participants in all FTE programs are expected to stay for the full duration of the program.  If you leave early or are not present during the 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 registering for the graduate credits through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will be sent in the orientation materials approximately four weeks prior to each program.  You can also click here to learn more about registering for credit.

How are commuter stipends awarded?

Commuter stipends are available for 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.  Stipend checks will be mailed in August 2020, once all FTE summer programs are completed.

What is the cancellation policy?

The registration fee will be refunded 50% for cancellations made prior to May 1, 2020.  After May 1, no refunds will be issued.