Interested in attending Shenandoah University through a Tuition Exchange Program?
Frequently Asked Questions (for Import students)
Who is eligible to apply for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship (TES) to attend Shenandoah University?
- You are eligible to apply for a TES if you have a parent who is employed at a Tuition Exchange institution (referred to as the host institution) and the host institution certifies your eligibility for TE consideration.
Who is Eligible for Tuition Exchange?
- At Shenandoah University, there are two required components to be considered for the TES. A student must first go through the normal application process with Admissions and be accepted to Shenandoah University. A student must also submit a separate Tuition Exchange application at https://www.tuitionexchange.org/. If you are applying for Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TES) the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer (TELO) at your host institution will need to submit the application on your behalf https://www.cic.edu/. TES awards are based on your academic record as evidenced by a review of your admission application.
What is the difference between Tuition Exchange and CIC Tuition Exchange?
- Tuition Exchange (tuitionexchange.org) and CIC Tuition Exchange (cic.edu) are both “tuition exchange networks” that Shenandoah University belongs to. Students can submit applications through one or both portals depending on the college/university they are applying to. CIC only consists of private college/university options. For tuitionexchange.org students can log on and submit their own TE application. For cic.edu the student will need to work with the TELO at their host institution, as the TELO is the one who submits the application on behalf of the student.
When should I apply for the TES?
- You should apply no later than January 15th for the TES. This is our priority application date. Your Tuition Exchange application will only be reviewed once we confirm your acceptance into Shenandoah University.
When will I know if I am awarded a TES?
- All TES notifications are emailed by March 1st. Some students who apply for TES and are admitted into Shenandoah may be placed on a TES waiting list. If this occurs, Shenandoah University will do its best to notify any waitlisted TES applicants of the final decision no later than the freshmen enrollment deposit due date of May 1.
What is the value of a TE Scholarship?
- For 2021-22 the Shenandoah University TES is worth $33,140. Students who were awarded institutional aid, such as an academic scholarship, will have this deducted or canceled once they are deemed eligible for a TES. Also, if the student is a Virginia resident, they should complete the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) application. This will be deducted from the TES, even if they do not apply for this grant. Applicants who are deemed ineligible for VTAG will have this amount covered by the TES. Any student who qualifies for Federal Pell Grant or Federal SEOG will have these amounts deducted from the Tuition Exchange amount.
What is the relationship between the TES and Shenandoah University’s tuition and total costs?
- Shenandoah University’s TES value covers the cost of tuition only: $33,140. It does not cover any housing, institutional or programmatic fees, such as Conservatory fees. It also does not cover books, supplies, or other fees like parking fees.
Do I have to apply for financial aid in general in order to be considered for a TES?
- You are not required to apply for need-based financial aid at Shenandoah University in order to be considered for a TES. You can however still submit your FAFSA to be eligible for additional aid options to help cover additional expenses beyond tuition.
Are there any special conditions attached to a TES?
- Once a student is provided with the TES, Shenandoah University will continue providing the scholarship for a maximum of eight (8) consecutive semesters at the undergraduate level. The following conditions will need to be met:
- The recipient must meet Shenandoah University’s standards of personal conduct and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- SAP requirements include maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Please also be aware of your specific program’s GPA requirements as a higher cumulative GPA may be required
- Continue to be eligible and certified by the host institution
- Continue to enroll at Shenandoah University
- If a TES student is not in attendance in a Shenandoah University tuition-charging program for longer than one semester, the student will lose the TES and will need to re-apply to be re-considered to receive any future TES funding
How many students apply for and receive a TES annually at Shenandoah University?
- SU had approximately 40 students apply for tuition exchange scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year and awarded 6 applicants from a variety of majors.
If I am not a successful freshman candidate to receive a TES, can I re-apply as an upperclassman for a TES?
- Yes, you can re-apply. However, preference is given to first time, first year applicants.
Are transfer applicants eligible to apply for a TES?
Who administers Shenandoah University’s TE program?
- The Director of Student Financial Services serves as Shenandoah University’s TELO and designees in the Financial Aid Office.
Is there anything else I should know about TE?
- It is always a good idea to submit your FAFSA along with your Admissions application to be eligible for Federal, State, and Institutional financial aid options to help cover additional expenses beyond tuition. https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
Where can I get more information about TE?
- Contact the TE Liaison Officer at the host institution (where your parent is employed) or visit www.tuitionexchange.org for general information. If you have specific questions about Shenandoah University’s TES, contact the Office of Financial Aid at Shenandoah University (540) 665-4538 or email@example.com.