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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 more than 625 participating institutions. 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, visit the Tuition Exchange Inc. website.

Who is eligible?

  • The 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 on 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?

  • Children of employees who are applying for TE benefits for the first time must complete an application, which is available from the TE liaison (Dr. Julie Hurtig, Office of Academic Affairs) here. This application is due Oct. 9, 2019. Additionally, the child's 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 re-certification form each fall. Click here for re-certification 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 can a student be certified?

  • Students selected for certification should limit their schools to those they are serious about and for which they are completing an admissions application. Typically, students apply to between four and eight participating Tuition Exchange schools. 

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 in which every student received a chance to become certified, but this process may not be completed until later in the spring.

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

Dr. Julie Hurtig

Academic Affairs

Nicolle Merkel

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