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Tuition Exchange Liaison

Heather Clifford
Director of Financial Aid
x4365 (off campus 802-440-4365)
hcliffor@bennington.edu

Bennington College is a member of the Tuition Exchange (TE), a cooperative program that provides an opportunity for natural or adopted legally-dependent children of qualifying faculty and staff to receive substantial tuition scholarships at over 600 colleges and universities in the U.S. A list of participating colleges is available on the TE website.

Each year, Bennington can designate a limited number of faculty and staff dependents to apply to other institutions as TE Scholars. The institutions to which these students are applying may limit the number of TE scholarships offered to applicants, so designation by Bennington does not assure the dependent of a TE scholarship. Only children under 25 years of age who are working toward a first associate or bachelor degree may apply.

Eligible to apply are the following:

  • Full-time employees who have been on continuous full-time status for at least the most recent three years as of the January 1 or July 1 immediately prior to the date the dependent child expects to enroll, or continues enrollment in a TE member institution’s undergraduate program for his or her first associate or bachelor degree and provided the employee remains on full-time, benefits-eligible status.
  • Full-time employees who have worked continuously in a part-time, benefits-eligible position prior to becoming full time and whose part-time service is the accumulated equivalent of three years as of the January 1 or July 1 immediately prior to the date the dependent child expects to enroll, or continues enrollment in a TE member institution’s undergraduate program for his or her first associate or bachelor degree and provided the employee remains on full-time, benefits-eligible status.
  • Part-time benefits-eligible employees who have worked continuously in a part-time, benefits-eligible position and whose part-time service is the accumulated equivalent of four years as of the January or July 1 immediately prior to the date the dependent child expects to enroll, or continues enrollment in a TE member institution’s undergraduate program for his or her first associate or bachelor degree and provided the employee remains on part-time, benefits-eligible status.

For the academic year 2014–15, colleges participating in the TE may provide a limited number of scholarships covering $32,500 or more of annual tuition. View the current list of participating TE institutions.

Application for a student’s participation in the TE program does not guarantee acceptance by a member TE institution, nor does it ensure the award of a scholarship. See the question-and-answer section below for an explanation of TE certification as an “outgoing” applicant, and the awarding of a TE Scholarship by a host institution.

As a TE participant, Bennington College has agreed to provide scholarships for incoming students which, over time, must be in balance with outgoing placements in order for Bennington to stay in the program. Once a student is designated as a TE participant, Bennington expects to certify his or her participation for up to a four-year period.

Note that during the period that a student is participating in the TE, the student’s parent must remain in TE-eligible employment status, and the student must remain enrolled at the institution, meeting the host institution’s standards of academic performance and conduct.

If you meet the qualifications and have a child who is applying for admission or attending one of the TE colleges, you are welcome to complete an application for the program and make an appointment to discuss the process. Please contact Director of Financial Aid Heather Clifford with questions. Completed applications must be submitted to Human Resources no later than November 1, 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: Tuition Exchange Program

  • Who is eligible to apply for Tuition Exchange (TE) participation?

  • What are my chances of being certified by Bennington as eligible for Tuition Exchange (TE) participation?

  • How does my child become eligible for a TE scholarship?

  • When should my child apply for the TE scholarship?

  • What is the value of a TE scholarship?

  • What are the chances that the participating college will award my child a TE scholarship ?

  • What is the cost to the employee for a child receiving a Tuition Exchange (TE) scholarship?

  • What happens if a large number of Bennington employees apply for TE for the same school year?

  • What happens if too many students apply for TE scholarships at a particular TE host college?

  • Is there anything else I should know about Tuition Exchange (TE)?

  • What must a TE student do to maintain eligibility for the TE scholarship in subsequent years?

  • What if, as a TE scholarship recipient, my child’s enrollment status at the host institution changes?

Bennington College reserves the right to modify at any time its guidelines and criteria for employee qualification and to discontinue participation in the Tuition Exchange program at its sole discretion.