A Benefit for Employees of ACS member institutions
If you are a faculty or staff member of an ACS institution, your children or dependents who are also students at your institution may be eligible to participate in our Tuition Exchange program. The program allows them to attend another ACS institution at a relatively low cost. You must commit $1500 toward the program each year you participate, and your institution must match that cost. Otherwise, you pay the normal tuition charged at your home institution.
New Online Application form:
Tuition Exchange applications should now be completed online. You must be a registered Tuition Exchange Coordinator to log in to the system. Click here to log in to the system – use your official college email address as the user name. The first time you attempt to log in, you will need to click the “forgot password” link first to reset your password (you can also reset your password at any time if you forget it).
How it Works (For Parents and Students):
What is it? The Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Tuition Exchange Program is an agreement among 15 ACS colleges (listed below). Students attending an ACS institution whose parents or guardians are faculty,staff, or employees of that institution are eligible to participate. The program allows the student to pay the tuition rate at their home institution (plus an additional $1500 fee), but attend another participating ACS institution. Eligibility requires formal certification by the student’s home institution as described above.
Eligibility: Whether a student can participate or not is ultimately the decision of the college at which the student’s parent is employed, not ACS.
Admission to the college the student wishes to attend will be determined through the regular admissions process established by that college, without regard to the applicant’s potential eligibility for tuition exchange. The student should file an application for admission in the usual way, and pay all required fees and deposits for the college he or she wishes to attend.
A certification form for this program (see below) must be completed by the college at which the parent is employed each year. Copies of the form are forwarded to the ACS and the attending college.
A $1,500 Tuition Exchange Program Fee must be paid by the student each year. The tuition exchange program fee will not be billed by ACS. Payment is due July 15. There are no refunds of this fee. Student fees can be paid by check only, and should be mailed to the ACS Accounting Dept. at the address below:
Associated Colleges of the South
2970 Clairmont Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30329
The Charges Included in the remission of tuition are determined by the college the student is attending. In general, tuition is defined to include all tuition and fees charged by the college with the exception of room, board, and special fees not charged to all students.
Each participating Student must Apply for all State and/or Federal Financial Aid for which he or she may be eligible. The amount of tuition remitted under the exchange program will be the total due less all state, federal or private grants received by the applicant. Participants whose demonstrated need exceeds the remitted tuition should discuss the possibility of additional financial aid with the financial aid director of the college they wish to attend. Benefits under the ACS Tuition Exchange program will be treated as an outside scholarship when determining eligibility for additional financial aid.
Tuition Exchange May Not Include Tuition for Off-Campus Study Programs, sponsored either by ACS or individually by the college the student is attending. Participating students should check with appropriate officials at the college they are attending to determine which fees and which off-campus programs may be covered by tuition remission.
Participating students must be Full Time Degree Candidates. Only charges for the Regular Academic Year at the college attended are included. Tuition Exchange is available for Only Four Years of study or until the requirements for the B.A. or B.S. are met, whichever is less. Enrollment for less than one academic year constitutes one year of the four years. Participating students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress, as determined by the college they are attending, in order to retain eligibility for tuition remission.
If the student is accepted for admission, but denied for the tuition exchange program, the coordinator will notify the student accordingly and indicate to the student that he or she will need to apply for student aid through the receiving institution if assistance is desired.
Questions about the operation of the exchange should be directed to the Academic Dean or the ACS Tuition Exchange Officer at the college where the student’s parent is employed.
Participating ACS Institutions: Birmingham-Southem College, Centenary College, Centre College, Furman University, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Morehouse College, Rhodes College, Rollins College, Southwestern University, Spelman College, Trinity University, University of Richmond, University of the South, Washington and Lee University.
How it works (for ACS institutions):
1. Student Eligibility. Each campus decides the eligibility of the children of its employees to participate in the ACS Tuition Exchange. This eligibility is then sent to the prospective receiving college(s). Eligibility is limited to children of employees, and excludes students who already have baccalaureate degrees. One grant is available per student even if both parents are employees. Current ACS students are eligible to apply. Transfer students are also eligible to apply. Students may not transfer twice within the ACS and receive the tuition exchange benefit. Once admitted to the exchange program a student eligible to continue will remain on the exchange for the lesser of: four years or the equivalent or until the degree requirements for the BA or BS degree are met. If a student in the exchange program loses eligibility, the student and the sending institution will be notified as soon as possible.
2. Admission. Each ACS college retains full autonomy over decisions about admission and retention of its students, including those who may be eligible for participation in the ACS Tuition Exchange. Each participating institution has the right to establish the number of net imports it will receive, the overall number of imports it will accept, and the number of students it will export. An institution that chooses to limit its number of imports has the right to select among potentially admissible candidates in order to meet its own institutional goals (e.g., quality and diversity).
Eligible individuals who are interested in attending an ACS college under the terms of the Tuition Exchange must apply for admission in the normal way, observing all deadlines. The application must include a Tuition Exchange form completed by the appropriate official of the sending college and certifying the eligibility of the applicant for the exchange.
The receiving college will notify the applicant as to the admission decision by December 15 for early admission and by April 1 for regular admission. As soon as possible after that notification, Tuition Exchange applicants will be told whether they have been accepted for tuition exchange, refused exchange, or placed on a wait list for exchange. Applicants with financial need are urged to apply for financial aid.
3. Charges included in the ACS Tuition Exchange. Each college will determine which fees and charges are included in the remission of tuition, and which must be paid separately by the student. In general, tuition means all tuition and fees charged by the college with the exception of room, board and special fees not charged to all students. Each college will establish its own limits on the number of courses or credits which may be included in tuition exchange in any term. Participating students may be required to pay additional charges for courses or credits which exceed these limits.
4. Financial Aid. Each participating student must apply for all state and/or Federal non-need-based tuition specific financial aid for which he or she may be eligible. The amount of tuition remitted under the exchange program will normally be the total due less all tuition specific awards. Federal or private grants received by the applicant may be used for room, board, and book expenses at the discretion of the importing institution. Participants whose demonstrated need exceeds the remitted tuition should discuss the possibility of additional financial aid with the financial aid director of the college they wish to attend. Benefits under the ACS Tuition Exchange program will be treated as an outside scholarship when determining eligibility for additional financial aid.
5. Off-Campus Study.Tuition Exchange May Not Include Tuition for Off-Campus Study Programs, sponsored either by ACS or individually by the college the student is attending. Participating students should check with appropriate officials at the college they are attending to determine which fees and which off-campus programs may be covered by tuition remission.
6. Limitations. Participants in the ACS Tuition Exchange must be full time degree candidates. Only charges for the regular academic year of the college attended are included in the remission of tuition. Tuition remission is available for only a total of four years of study or until the requirements for the BA or BS are met, whichever is less. Attendance for less than one year constitutes one year of the four years available. The institutions the students are attending will determine their eligibility to continue.
7. Withdrawals or Loss of Eligibility. Students who withdraw from or who are not readmitted to the college they are attending under the terms of this program, cannot be assured that they will be included in the exchange should they resume their studies later. If a participating student withdraws after paying the tuition exchange program fee, no refunds are made.
8. Financial Arrangements
- Each participating student pays to ACS a tuition exchange program fee of $1,500 per academic year.
- Each exporting institution contributes to ACS a matching tution exchange program fee of $1,500 per student per academic year.
- The tuition exchange program fees are pooled centrally in an account held by the ACS Office in Atlanta. Tuition exchange program fees are not refundable.
- Each institution with a net import balance in a given year receives, for each net import, a payment of $7,500. This payment is funded initially from the central pool.
- If the amount required to fund the net importing institution exceeds the total of the tuition exchange program fees, institutions with a net export balance make up the difference with the cost divided proportionate to the number of net exports.
- Any funds remaining in the central pool at the end of a year are rolled forward into the central pool for the succeeding academic year.
9. Review of the Program. The Council of Deans and the Presidents will review the program annually.
For ACS Institutions: Process for Campuses Exporting and Importing Students
- Students contact their college or university to initiate the process.
- The exporting college’s Tuition Exchange Coordinator creates the application using the online form. Creating the form notifies the Tuition Exchange Coordinator at the exporting institution, indicating that the student is applying as a part of the ACS tuition exchange program.
- The Coordinator should keep a record of those college dependents applying elsewhere (along with lists of those applying from elsewhere to the home college).
- Coordinators certify that a) the student is eligible and b)the student has been accepted by the program.
- The sections of the application to be completed by the exporting institution must be complete by June 1.
- Creating a new application generates an automatic notification by email to importing institution.
- After review, the institution promptly rejects or admits the student, sending notice of declinations from the coordinator to the exporting.
- As close to the time identified in step 2 as possible, the coordinator notifies the student that he or she is accepted for tuition exchange under the tuition exchange (immediately notifying the exporting institution). If the student is accepted for admission, but the decision on tuition exchange is postponed, the student should be notified and given a date by which time a decision will be communicated on the tuition exchange program.
- The coordinator will ask the student participating in the exchange to apply for available non-need-based tuition specific student financial assistance from the state and federal governments (in cases where such funds are made available, the amount rebated toward tuition will normally be reduced by the amount received from tuition specific awards).
- If the student is accepted for admission, but denied for the tuition exchange program, the coordinator will notify the student accordingly and indicate to the student that he or she will need to apply for student aid through the receiving institution if assistance is desired.
- The importing institution’s decisions must be recorded by June 1.
|Formal agreement||Written commitment from institutions to tuition exchange program|
|Eligibility||Children only.Excludes students with baccalaureate degreesOne grant per student (even if both parents are employees)Current ACS students (not on tuition exchange) are eligible to apply.|
|Change of parents’ status||If employment of the parent is terminated after the dependent has paid his or her participation fee and begun to attend classes, the student may continue enrolled under tuition exchange for the year, and no longer.|
|Transfers||Transfers may apply. Accept transfer within ACS institution one time – no repeat ACS transfers.|
|Refunds||None, either pre- or post-enrollment.|
|Off-campus use of the exchange||Up to individual institutions.|
|Payment flow||Students pay $1,500 to ACS – July 15 Institution Exporter pays its $1,500 to ACS – July 15. ACS pays net Importers (reconciled sums) – October 1|
|Tax status||Non-taxable (Opinion from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)|
|September 1||Institutions circulate information on Tuition Exchange Program.Student applications begin for Tuition Exchange Program admissions.|
|October 1||Institutions re-certify on-going students by submitting a new application form, confirm current enrollment roster.|
|October 15||ACS distributes a roster of all student participants.|
|December 15||Institutions make decisions on early students’ admission.|
|January||ACS sends updated roster of applications/enrollments for next year.|
|February||ACS begins regular mailings on application/enrollment rosters for next year.|
|April 1||Institutions make decisions on regular students’ admission.|
|June 1||Institutions have completed all pending applications.|
|July 1||ACS circulates enrollment roster for the coming year.|
|July 15||Enrolled students pay tuition exchange program fee to the ACS central fund. Institutions match the student tuition exchange program fee (paying into the central fund).|
|Centenary College of Louisiana||none|
|Centre College||2 imports per year|
|Furman University||2 imports per year|
|Rhodes College||3 net imports per year|
|University of Richmond||2 net imports per year|
|University of the South||2 imports per year|
|Washington and Lee University||2 net imports per year|