Seminars FAQ


Who should apply for FEE programs?

FEE's seminars are open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 26 who is interested in exploring economic thinking. We encourage people who are new to these ideas to apply, and all we ask is that you are respectful, intellectually curious, and willing to engage in the presentations and discussions.

How advanced are these programs?

The programs are designed to focus on fundamentals. We will talk about big ideas, and our goal is for you to leave with more confidence and prepared to take on the world. These programs should be a starting place on your journey to better understand the world and to change it for the better.

How much do the programs cost? Are scholarships available?

For most programs the cost to attend is $79 -$149 thanks to our generous donors. The cost covers tuition, lodging, and meals for most seminars. Tuition reimbursement scholarships are available on the seminar application and are awarded at on a rolling basis. Qualifying applicants will be reimbursed the full tuition fee after attending the seminar. A deposit of the tuition fee in full is required to attend.

You are responsible for your travel to and from the seminar and any incidental spending during the seminar.

Through a partnership with the Staley Foundation, we are able to offer a limited number of travel reimbursement scholarships as well (also paid at the conclusion of your seminar). Qualifying applicants will be reimbursed for up to $500 in travel expenses after attending the seminar and submitting valid receipts. Qualifying expenses include airline tickets, bus or train tickets, or mileage reimbursement of 54.5 cents per mile if driving a personal vehicle.

Information about the scholarship is available on the seminar registration form. Apply early! Travel scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.

Can international students apply?

Yes. International students are welcome to apply and attend. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and for completing any necessary paperwork required by your country for a visa.

How do I get a visa after I am accepted?

If you need a Visa to enter the United States, contact the US Embassy or Consulate in your country and find out what options are available to you and what their requirements are. Be sure to do this as soon as possible as it may take a few weeks or months to complete the process.

If you need a letter from FEE, please complete this form.

I applied for a program; when will I hear if I am accepted?

Students are accepted on a rolling basis; however, we receive many applications, so it may take a few weeks for us to get back to you. You will hear back by the middle of April at the latest.

When is the application deadline?

For our summer seminars, applications close on March 31, 2018.

I was told that I was “Overqualified” for the program, what does that mean?

Our seminars are designed for students who are new to economics and the freedom philosophy. If you were told that you are overqualified, it means that we believe you are too advanced for our introductory material. Don’t worry, we have many other events and materials for you.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes. There is a space for you to request a roommate on the Travel Form when sending in your travel information.

How do I get to the seminar?

Please see the "Travel Info" section of your seminar's webpage (scroll to the bottom) for instructions on when and how to arrive on campus.

What should I pack?

The dress code for seminars is casual for students. Be sure to bring all toiletries and personal items you would need for any overnight trip. To see if you need to bring linens, please refer to your seminar's Travel Information, located at the bottom of the seminar webpage at We also recommend that you bring a notebook to take notes during the lectures and a water bottle to stay hydrated during your trip.

Will there be exercise facilities available?

Exercise facilities will depend on the location of the seminar. Of course, you are welcome to run or workout during your free time, but keep in mind that the seminar days are very full, and you are expected to attend all lectures and activities.

Do we have to attend all of the presentations and discussion groups?

Of course! Why would you want to do anything else?

Also, a lot of time and money go into planning and executing these seminars, and many students who would like to attend are turned away due to space limitations. Please plan to attend and actively participate in all lectures and activities.

Will there be any pre-reading assignments?

Yes, you will receive some reading materials via email to prepare for the reading discussion groups. Don’t worry, we aren’t going to pile too much on you, but make sure you read everything, so you can participate in the discussion groups!

Can I receive classroom credit from my participation at the program?

It depends on your college or university.

Check with your Dean’s office to find out if your college or university offers an independent study option. If so, you may be able to design an independent study that includes your attendance at a FEE Summer Seminar.

All seminar participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar stating the number of lecture hours that you received at the seminar.  You will also receive some pre-seminar readings, and we can work with you to find additional readings if you need them. Please contact us if you would like to receive a reading list in advance, or if you need a more robust reading list.

What steps does FEE take to promote safety at seminars?

For more than 60 years, we've made the safety and well-being of our students our highest priority. All FEE seminar staff undergo background checks and the student to staff ratio is approximately 10 to 1. FEE staff and chaperones stay on campus with students. We greet our students at designated airport locations and offer chaperoned shuttle buses to and from the program site.

For high school seminars, students are supervised by our staff during the day and in the evenings they have mandatory floor checks by their assigned staff member who sleeps on the same floor. Male and female students are housed in separate housing facilities and/or floors.

Emergency communication plans are also in place, allowing us to communicate directly with parents and emergency contacts in the event of an emergency.

Is there a code of conduct for students?

All FEE seminar attendees are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible students. During the registration process we ask that all students sign the code of conduct which includes details about remaining on campus, staying on your designated hall, bed checks, and upholding FEE's core values (integrity, excellence, respect, accountability, creativity, and courage). Parents will be contacted and students will be asked to leave campus at their own expense if these rules are broken.

I confirmed my attendance but need to cancel. How do I do that?

Please fill out our Cancellation Form. You can also send an email to [email protected] Please refer to the Cancellation Policy below to see if your cancellation will result in a fee.

What is your cancellation policy?


For the Foundation for Economic Education (“FEE”) to continue to provide the best possible seminars and events at a low cost to its participants and to respect our generous donors who fund these programs, it is imperative that we have an accurate attendance count for the 2018 FEE seminar (the “Seminar”). FEE understands that your plans may change. It is important for you to inform us in a timely manner if you are not able to attend the seminar, so that FEE can minimize any additional expenses that FEE may incur.

To provide the seminar and similar events at low cost to participants, we require that all participants accept this Cancellation Policy. By submitting your 2018 Seminar Confirmation, you acknowledge and agree that you accept this Cancellation Policy and the terms and conditions hereunder and will comply with the deadlines set forth in the Cancellation Fee Schedule set forth below.


             Notice of cancellation prior to Program                 

Amount Refunded

More than 30 days


48 hours – 30 days


Less than 48 hours or non-attendance


Notice of participant’s cancellation provided to FEE hereunder (the “Notice”) shall be in writing by e-mail with confirmation of transmission to [email protected] or by filling out FEE’s web-based Cancellation Form. The Notice is effective only (a) upon receipt by FEE, and (b) if the participant giving the Notice has complied with the requirements of this paragraph.

If you fail to provide FEE with the Notice in accordance with the terms and conditions herein, FEE shall retain the entirety of the entire tuition charge.