Financial Aid

Tuition Exchange

Tuition Exchange (TE) was chartered in 1954 as a nonprofit corporation which promotes and monitors exchange scholarships for faculty and staff dependents at participating colleges and universities. Over 600 colleges and universities from 47 states, the District of Columbia and three countries participate in the TE program.

The Tuition Exchange Program provides the opportunity for eligible dependents to receive undergraduate scholarships at the one of the member institutions (hereafter referred to as the host institution). The TE Program is a scholarship, not a fringe benefit provided by Louisiana Tech University.

Acceptance into the TE Program will be for first baccalaureate degrees only. Participants for graduate study, non-degree studies or second undergraduate degrees will not be considered. Participation in the program will generally be for four successive years of education (that is, 12 quarters, eight semesters, or the equivalent) as long as the student is enrolled and in good academic standing at the host institution. Any eligible dependent not currently utilizing the TE Program is eligible to apply at any point during their undergraduate studies for the upcoming fall term.

Eligibility

  • Dependent children: shall be limited to children claimed on the employee’s federal income tax return, or the children named to receive support for education in either a separation agreement or divorce decree issued by a court.
  • Active Employees: Full-time faculty and staff are eligible to apply for participation in the TE Program on behalf of their dependent children.
  • Termination of Employment: An employee who separates from employment before an eligible dependent child enters the TE program will not be eligible for participation in the program. If the student has been certified and accepted by the host institution, participation will be limited to one year. If a person separated from employment while an eligible dependent child is a participant in the TE Program, eligibility will be continued for the current academic year only (the academic year in which the employee terminated his/her employment).
  • Death of an Employee: If an employee dies before her or his dependent child has completed their education through TE, the child will be permitted to remain in the program. Dependents of deceased employees may be eligible to participate in TE under current university policy guidelines.

Certification of eligibility does not guarantee acceptance at the host institution or assure acceptance into the TE Program.

Value of a Tuition Exchange scholarship

In most cases, the scholarship value matches tuition at the host institution but does not include room, board, special fees, or any non-tuition expenses.  However, because of the substantial range of tuition for member institutions, Tuition Exchange has developed a policy which attempts to address perceived inequities. Under this policy, high-tuition colleges and universities are permitted to award less than full tuition but not less than an amount established each year by the TE Board of Directors.  These “minimum values” for TE scholarships are based on analysis of tuition at all member institutions and are announced a year in advanced. This information is posted on the TE website.

Families are also encouraged to check with each potential host institution regarding their TE guidelines because each host institution determines its own TE policies. 

Duration of a Tuition Exchange scholarship

A TE Scholarship will cover four successive undergraduate years, but Tuition Exchange has the right to limit the number of students or years of eligibility to new incoming or outgoing students if the number of incoming students is not in balance with the number of students in the TE Program going to other colleges and universities. TE would also have the right to reduce the number of colleges available in the program. Eligibility must be recertified each year. Host institutions have the right to terminate TE scholarships if students do not meet clearly articulated standards of academic performance or personal conduct. These limitations or restrictions will be clearly stated on the Certification Form that will be provided to you by the host institution if you are approved for a TE Scholarship. 

Application procedures

The eligibility of each student applying for a TE scholarship must be certified by the TE Liaison Officer (at Louisiana Tech that is currently the Scholarship Coordinator) based on the Application to Participate in Tuition Exchange (TE) Program for Louisiana Tech University Employee Dependents. This application can be obtained in the Financial Aid Office or by download. The application can be completed as early as Sept. 1 of the year preceding the anticipated college matriculation but not later than Jan. 5. Again, you are encouraged to check with each host institution to which you are applying for information about their application deadlines and procedures.

In the event that the number of qualified dependent children of Louisiana Tech employees exceeds the available openings into the Program, employee selection will be determined by a weighted lottery system as follows:

  • Eligible employees will receive one lottery ticket for each year of full-time service
  • Years of service will be determined on a fiscal year basis
  • Lottery tickets will be drawn until all available openings are filled
  • When the lottery is needed, employees may have only one dependent child in the program at a time
  • Children who have two eligible parents employed full-time at Louisiana Tech may be entered into the lottery, one by each parent

Notification procedures

Notification of acceptance into the TE Program will begin Feb. 1. All selected participants are encouraged to respond to the Tuition Exchange program acceptance in writing as soon as possible but no later than May 1. Those students not accepted into the TE Program will be placed on a TE waiting list and will be notified as soon as possible after May 1, if an opening becomes available.

You will be notified separately by the host institutions to which you applied if you are approved for a TE Scholarship from that college/university.  The conditions for accepting the award will be clearly stated on the Certification Form that will be provided to you by the host institution.

Frequently asked questions

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 Recertification Form for you each year. 

How many students apply for and receive a TES each year at Louisiana Tech University?

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 Sept. 1 and no later than Jan. 5 for the upcoming fall term.  This means you must complete and submit your Louisiana Tech University application for admission no later than Jan. 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 Jan. 5 for the upcoming fall term. 

Do I have to apply for financial aid at Louisiana Tech University 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 waitlisted 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.

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 Recertification Form to continue the scholarship. If you withdraw or transfer to another institution, promptly notify the Liaison Officer 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.

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. 

Additional information

For additional information about Louisiana Tech’s program, contact:

Jordan Hearn
Office of Financial Aid
P.O. Box 7925, Ruston, LA  71272
Phone: 318.257.2641
Email:  jhearn@latech.edu

Additional information about the Tuition Exchange program in general can be found on the program’s website.