Seminars FAQ

 

Who should register/apply for FEE seminars?

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 the seminars?

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 seminars cost?

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, seminar tuition is $79. The cost is all inclusive and covers materials, lodging, and meals for the entirety of the student’s stay on campus.

Shuttles are provided to and from the closest airport for students traveling by air. These shuttles are cost-free for students. Other than the shuttles provided to and from the airport, students are responsible for travel to and from the seminar.

What scholarships available?

Tuition reimbursement scholarships are available and are awarded on a rolling basis until seminar registration closes March 31st. Qualifying applicants will be reimbursed the full tuition fee after attending the seminar.

Please note that students awarded tuition reimbursement scholarships are required to complete their online, pre-seminar course before the seminar in order to receive reimbursement.

Through a partnership with the Richard Seth Staley Educational Foundation, we are also able to offer a limited number of travel reimbursement scholarships, which are awarded on a rolling basis. Qualifying applicants will be reimbursed up to $500 in travel expenses after attending the seminar and submitting valid receipts.

Qualifying expenses include airline tickets or mileage reimbursement of 54.5 cents per mile if driving a personal vehicle (IRS mileage reimbursement standard). These scholarships are also paid at the conclusion of the seminar. Rental cars, gas purchases, checked bags (air travel), bus and train tickets are not applicable travel costs.

For high school seminars, students may apply for a tuition reimbursement scholarship once they have paid the full tuition fee during registration. For college seminars, students can apply at the same time they apply to the seminar.

Can international students register/apply?

Yes. International students are welcome to register/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 are scholarships reimbursed?

Tuition reimbursement scholarships are distributed in the form of a refund onto the card used to pay the tuition fee. You should expect these refunds within 3-5 business days following the seminar. You will receive an email confirmation of the refund once it has been processed.

Travel reimbursement scholarships may be distributed in two ways following the seminar:

Students may be provided reimbursement through Paypal. These reimbursements will be processed within 3-10 business days following the conclusion of the seminar. Students who request this method of reimbursement must have a valid Paypal account.

Students may request to have their reimbursements distributed as a personally-addressed check, mailed via USPS. These reimbursements will be processed within 11-20 business days following the conclusion of the seminar. These reimbursements are written and addressed to the student that received them at their home address.

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 college 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 registration/application deadline?

For our summer seminars, applications close on March 31, 2019.

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.

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.

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.

How do students get to the seminar?

Instructions will be emailed on when and how to arrive on campus.

What should I pack?

The dress code for seminars is casual. Please be aware that we will be taking photos during the seminar that may be used for marketing purposes. Students should wear attire that they would feel comfortable being photographed in.

Also, students should bring all toiletries and personal items they would need for any overnight trip. Check your email for specific instructions on linens, since requirements vary per seminar. We also recommend that you bring a notebook and pen to take notes during the talks and a water bottle to stay hydrated during your trip.

What dining options are there for students?

Students will be dining on campus for all meals. On-campus dining will be “cafeteria style,” common to college campuses, with a buffet of options that meet the requirements of most diets.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes. There is a space for you to request a roommate during registration.

Will there be exercise facilities available?

Indoor exercise facilities are not provided during the seminar. Students are welcome to run or workout during free time, but keep in mind that the seminar schedule is very full, and students are expected to attend all talks and activities.

Are students required to attend all of the presentations and discussion groups?

Yes. In order for students to receive the full seminar experience we ask that they participate in all talks and activities.

Will there be any pre-reading assignments?

Yes, students will receive reading materials and an online, pre-seminar course via email to prepare for the reading discussion groups. Please note that students awarded tuition reimbursement scholarships are required to complete their online, pre-seminar course before the program in order to receive reimbursement.

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.

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?

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 2019 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 2019 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.

CANCELLATION REFUND SCHEDULE

             Notice of cancellation                 

Amount Refunded

30+ days prior to the first day of the seminar

$75

30 days - 7 days prior to the first day of the seminar

$35

7 days or less prior to the first day of the seminar

$0

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.