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Frequently Asked Questions


Where are 2020 E&E programs being held?

The 2020 Environment & the Economy details will be posted soon – please check back on our Sites and Dates page for more details on the program location and date.


What is the cost of the E&E program?

The E&E registration fee is $150.  Included in this fee is housing (in shared, double-occupancy rooms), most meals, and program materials.

Participants who are interested in a single room can sign up for this option during the online registration process for an additional charge, depending on availability.  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 E&E?

E&E participants stay in hotel accommodations and share a room with another program participant of the same gender.  A single/private room may be an option for an additional fee, depending on availability.


What is the program schedule for the week?

The E&E program runs for four days.  Program check-in is from approximately 12:30 – 1 PM on Monday afternoon, with sessions starting immediately afterwards.  There is typically an all-day field trip on Wednesdays.  The program will conclude on Thursday afternoon at approximately 12:30 PM.


When do I need to arrive at the program site?

E&E check-in and program registration is held on Monday afternoon, starting at 12:30 PM.  All participants, including commuters, need to check in at 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 E&E?

Information and instructions on how to register for the graduate credits through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will be provided by the instructor.  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.  However, not all programs will offer stipends.  Program-specific 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 the program site each day of the program (not staying in the hotel).  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 at the end of the summer, after all programs are complete.


The website says the program 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 either Lisa Chang at lchang@fte.org, or Prof. Don Fell at dfell@fte.org, to find out the latest status of the program registrations.


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 May 1, 2020.  After May 1, no refunds will be issued.