Tuition Exchange FAQ
Who is eligible to apply for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship (TES) to attend Louisiana Tech University?
You would be eligible to apply for a TES if you have a parent who is employed at a Tuition Exchange member institution and that institution (hereafter referred to as the home institution) certifies your eligibility for TE consideration. The TE Liaison Officer at the home institution must electronically submit the TE Certification Form to Louisiana Tech University, the host institution. If you are offered a TES scholarship, the TE Liaison Officer at your home institution must complete a Re-certification Form for you each year.
How many students apply for and receive a TES each year at Louisiana Tech University?
Fall 2014 will be the first year that Louisiana Tech University participates in this program so information on the number of applicants is not available at this time. However, the goal for Louisiana Tech University is to sponsor five students and to host five students.
How is the TES determined?
A student must first be admitted to Louisiana Tech University. All of the TE applications are then reviewed and TES awards are made based on the academic record of the applicants as evidenced by a review of your admission application.
When should I apply for the TES?
You can apply as early as September 1 and no later than January 5 for the upcoming fall term. This means you must complete and submit your Louisiana Tech University application for admission no later than January 5 and the TE Liaison Officer at your home institution also needs to submit the TE Certification Form to Louisiana Tech University no later than January 5 for the upcoming fall term.
Do I have to apply for financial aid in general in order to be considered for a TES?
No, you are not required to apply for financial aid at Louisiana Tech University in order to be considered for a TES.
When will I know if I am awarded a TES?
All TES notifications are mailed by the end of March. In rare situations, a student may be admitted to Louisiana Tech University but placed on a TES waiting list. If this occurs, Louisiana Tech University will do its best to notify any wait-listed TES applicants of the final decision by May 1.
What is the value of a TE Scholarship?
Louisiana Tech University pays the value of full-time, in-state tuition. Out-of -state applicants are also eligible to be considered for the Bulldog Out-of-State Fee Scholarship. New incoming freshmen from out-of-state are automatically considered for the Bulldog Scholarship. Transfer students from out-of-state are required to submit a separate Bulldog Scholarship application to the Office of Financial Aid.
Are there any special conditions attached to a TES?
Once a student is provided with the TES, Louisiana Tech University will continue the scholarship for a maximum of twelve consecutive quarters as long as the student meets standards of academic performance and personal conduct, and is certified as eligible by his/her home institution. TES students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment (except Summer Quarter) and must maintain a quarterly and cumulative GPA of at least 3.00/4.00 to continue to be eligible for the scholarship in future quarters. Further, you should report the status of your enrollment to the Liaison Officer at your home institution annually, so he or she can submit a Re-certification Form to continue the scholarship. If you withdraw or transfer to another institution, promptly notify the Liaison Officers at Louisiana Tech and your home institution.
If I am unable to receive a TES as a freshman, can I re-apply as an upperclassman for a TES?
No. TES scholarships are only awarded to new incoming freshmen or transfer students.
Are transfer applicants eligible to apply for a TES?
Yes, but it is rare for a transfer student to be offered the TES.
Who administers Louisiana Tech University’s TE program?
The Scholarship Coordinator, Jordan Hearn, acts as Louisiana Tech University’s Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer and is responsible for the administration of the program on a daily basis.
Is there anything else I should know about TE?
It is a good idea to apply for financial aid at the same time the admission application is filed just in case a TES is not offered, should financial aid be necessary for your enrollment. If you wait to find out if a TES is offered before applying for financial aid, it may be too late to apply for and receive certain types of financial assistance.
Where can I get more information about TE?
Contact the TE Liaison Officer at your home institution (where your parent is employed) or visit www.tuitionexchange.org for general information.