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Tuition Exchange Program Guidelines for Iona Employees

Iona University participates in the Tuition Exchange program according to the following policies and guidelines.

The Tuition Exchange Program (TE) provides the opportunity for eligible dependent children of college employees to receive undergraduate scholarships at participating member institutions. Currently, there are over 600 member institutions. A list of member institutions is available on the Tuition Exchange Program website.

The TE program is a scholarship program, not a fringe benefit for employees. Each member institution develops its own guidelines and policies. Member institutions usually maintain an approximate exchange balance for the number of students receiving TE scholarships at other institutions (exports) and the number of students awarded TE scholarships by the host institution (imports). The receiving institution grants the scholarship, and some are very competitive. A TE liaison officer is appointed by each member institution to coordinate and implement the program.

The number of available scholarships each year will be determined by the balance of imports and exports and available funding. Iona invites applicants from TE member institutions to be considered for admission to Iona and TE scholarships at Iona (imports).

Dependent children of parents who are employed at a Tuition Exchange institution, with that institution certifying eligibility for Tuition Exchange consideration, may apply for a Tuition Exchange scholarship at Iona University.

Applicants must contact the TE liaison officer at the member institution where his/her parent is an eligible employee. If the applicant is accepted by that institution to be sponsored for a TE scholarship, the liaison officer will prepare and submit the application/certification form to Iona’s liaison officer.

In the fall of each year, eligible children of employees from member institutions should submit their applications for admission to Iona University and for available Iona TE scholarships. Applicants will usually receive notification by April 1, and should respond by May 1.

Selection of applicants from member institutions to attend Iona University will be based on the same criteria and academic requirements in place for all other applicants to Undergraduate day programs at the University. If there are more accepted applicants than can be accommodated in the TE scholarship program, priority for accepted applicants will be based on Iona’s available academic indicators such as High School Grade Point Average and standardized test scores. All applicants will be required to file for federal and state financial aid.

At Iona University, TE scholarships will be limited to full-time undergraduate study only. A full-time semester load will normally be 12-18 credits each semester. The following sessions and programs are excluded from this scholarship: study abroad, second undergraduate degree, graduate studies, part-time studies, non-degree studies, winter session, summer session.

On a yearly basis, the maximum amount of scholarship funds awarded to eligible applicants from member colleges and universities will be the same as the Tuition Exchange set rate for the academic year of the award, currently $40,000 for 2022-2023 less federal and state aid. Students receiving Tuition Exchange awards at Iona University are not eligible for other types of Iona aid such as merit scholarships, need-based scholarships or athletic awards.

The TE scholarship award will be made for one (1) year (two semesters) of full-time study, renewable each year for a maximum of four (4) years (eight semesters) of full-time, continuous study.

First-year recipients of an Iona Tuition Exchange scholarship must have their college transcript reviewed by Iona’s liaison officer at the end of the academic year in order to be eligible to continue to receive the scholarship for the following academic year. Each year, the student must meet the standards of academic performance (as described in Iona’s undergraduate catalog), including a required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and the standards of personal conduct (as described in Iona’s Student Handbook).

Iona University reserves the right to modify or amend these guidelines at any time. Iona University also reserves the right to terminate its participation in the Tuition Exchange, Inc., program.