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Tuition Exchange

Tuition Exchange, Inc. (TE) is a reciprocal scholarship program for children of faculty members and staff employed at one of the over 625 participating institutions. The members of Tuition Exchange, Inc. include both private and public institutions, research and doctoral universities, liberal-arts colleges and comprehensive institutions of higher education, and specialized schools. To find a listing of membership schools please go to the Tuition Exchange, Inc. website.

Who is eligible?

  • Child's parent must be a full-time employee or retiree of ONU and be selected through a competitive certification process held in the fall.
  • Selection is based upon three criteria:
    1. Academic achievement (50 points)
    2. Special talents (25 points)
    3. Leadership and service to others (25 points)

What is the procedure at ONU?

  • Employee children who are applying for TE benefits for the first time must complete an application.  The application is available from the TE liaison (Dr. Julie Hurtig, Office of Academic Affairs) - click here for application. This application is typically due in early October each year. Additionally, the high school guidance counselor must submit an official high school transcript to the TE liaison on the student's behalf.
  • Parents of children currently receiving TE benefits must complete a recertification form each fall - click here for recertification application form

How many certifications are available?

  • The number of students that Ohio Northern University is able to certify each year is limited.
  • Membership in Tuition Exchange, Inc. requires schools to maintain a balance over time between the number of outgoing certifications (children of ONU employees) and incoming students (children of other member institutions wishing to attend ONU).

What should we tell the schools?

  • Once certification and selection is complete, electronic notifications are sent by ONU to each school indicated by the students on their TE applications.
  • Student should then follow the normal admissions process for each of these institutions and notify the respective admissions and financial aid offices of his or her certification for a TE scholarship.

What will be the amount of the TE scholarship?

  • Each institution determines the amount of the TE scholarship for its individual school and decides whether or not it will award the TE scholarship to ONU's certified students, based on its own selection process.
  • Awards are competitive at these institutions as well and are not automatic.

To how many schools may a student be certified?

  • Students selected for certification may only be certified for each school listed on their application form.
  • Students cannot be certified at additional schools after their initial application.

"My child has had a weak high-school record and average ACT scores. He or she will never get certified - why even bother with applying?"

  • All students are ranked within the ONU certification process, and as institutions make acceptance decisions and certified students decide attendance, additional students may move up the list, resulting in certification by the University.
  • There have been years where every student received a chance to become certified - but this process may not be completed until later in the spring.

For more information and listing of member institutions please check the Tuition Exchange, Inc. website, or contact:

Dr. Julie Hurtig

Academic Affairs

Tammy Everhart

Fax: 419-772-1932
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525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
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Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Saturday: Closed
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