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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where are the 2020 EFL programs being held?

The 2020 EFL programs will be held at various colleges and universities around the country – please visit our Sites and Dates page for more information on program locations.

 

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 site locations.  Please reach out to Haley Sisler at hsisler@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 EFL program?

The EFL registration fee is $150.  Included in this registration fee is room (double occupancy), meals (except for one dinner), and program materials.

Participants who are interested in a single room can sign up for this option during the registration process for an additional charge of $100. 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 at EFL?

Participants stay in dormitories on the campus of their program site and share a room with another program participant of the same gender. Dorm rooms are most often a traditional set up – two participants 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 information that will be provided about four weeks before the start of the program.

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 Haley Sisler at hsisler@fte.org to inform her of the situation as early as possible and see what accommodations might be made.

 

What is the program schedule for the week?

The EFL program runs Monday-Saturday of each week offered.  Check in is from 2 – 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?

EFL check-in and program registration is held on Monday afternoon from 2 – 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 graduate credit for my EFL program?

Information on graduate credits through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will be provided with orientation information 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.  Not all programs will offer stipends, however; stipend details will be provided within the application form or elsewhere on the website.

To earn an available participation stipend, participants 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 2020, once all summer programs are complete.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. FTE is in close contact with our campus and hotel partners. Based on current conditions, all programs are proceeding as planned. 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 June 1, 2020.  After June 1, no refunds will be issued.