Faculty and Staff Children Exchange Program (FACHEX)
Faculty and Staff Children Exchange Program (FACHEX) is an undergraduate tuition remission program that allows dependents eligible for tuition benefits at the “home” institution to apply for the same benefits at participating host institutions. It was established by the Conference of the Academic Vice Presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in 1971 and continues under the sponsorship of the AJCU Chief Academic Officers’ Conference.
- The student must be eligible for tuition remission at the “home” university.
- The student must satisfy the "receiving" university's standards for admission before they can become qualified for FACHEX.
- Eligibility and admission to a participating university do not guarantee that a FACHEX award will be granted.
FACHEX Program Details
The following Jesuit colleges and universities are currently members of the program:
- Boston College
- Canisius College
- College of Holy Cross
- Creighton University
- Fairfield University
- Fordham University
- Gonzaga University
- John Carroll University
- Le Moyne College
- Loyola Marymount University
- Loyola University Chicago
- Loyola University Maryland
- Loyola University New Orleans
- Marquette University
- Regis University
- Rockhurst University
- Saint Joseph’s University
- Saint Louis University
- Saint Peter’s University
- Santa Clara University
- Seattle University
- Spring Hill College
- University of Detroit Mercy
- University of San Francisco
- University of Scranton
- Xavier University
The home institution determines eligibility requirements. See Saint Louis University Employee Eligibility Criteria for additional information. If the home institution grants a full-tuition remission to an employee's child, then the child is eligible to apply for the FACHEX benefit.
FACHEX eligibility does not qualify a dependent child for admission, nor does an offer of admission to a participating Jesuit university guarantee a FACHEX award.
The benefits are the remission of tuition only. FACHEX benefits pertain to full-time undergraduate students only. Students are expected to pay all fees and room and board charges assigned by the receiving university. Generally, the tuition remission pertains to the regular academic sessions only, although receiving institutions may grant waivers for summer session tuition. Co-pay or administrative fees may only be charged to FACHEX participants if they are charged to recipients of the receiving institution's employee tuition benefit program. Such fees shall be announced to FACHEX coordinators by Dec. 1 for the following year.
Employees should contact the receiving institution to request exceptions to the above terms. Requests for exceptions are honored at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Each participating institution should provide at least one new incoming freshman student with the FACHEX benefit each year. The participants in the FACHEX consortium are obligated to offer net three four-year tuition remissions each year. The receiving institution decides to waive tuition for the students it accepts. Thus, there are no guarantees to the children of employees that they will be accepted into a specific university or the program of their choice.
The obligation of granting three full-time waivers is a net obligation. No university is obligated to grant more than three scholarships over the number of students it sends out.
The FACHEX program is limited to undergraduate programs only. Further, participating institutions may limit undergraduate programs available to employees' children. The health sciences, nursing and overseas studies are frequently not available. Individual institutions determine available programs.
At each participating university, the local coordinator, who is appointed by the provost/chief academic officer, carries out the following functions:
- Informs employees of the program.
- Maintains communication with the other coordinators concerning students seeking the FACHEX benefit.
- Reports annually, in late summer, all students accepted to other universities and those received by the coordinator's university, together with an estimate of the number of openings expected to be available the next academic year.
The procedure for seeking the program's benefits is as follows:
- The student applies to the participating university/universities of their choice.
- The eligible parent contacts the FACHEX coordinator, in writing, requesting that certification for eligibility for the to participate in the FACHEX program is sent to the participating schools of choice. To facilitate the procedure, the following information must be included in the above request: student name, student social security number, student address, incoming status: either freshman or transfer for currently enrolled student, parent name, parent address, parent telephone number, parent email address, optional information: years of university service.
- The coordinator verifies the dependent’s eligibility to receive this benefit.
- The coordinator notifies the receiving university of the student's eligibility electronically by Dec. 15. A copy is sent to the eligible parent.
- The receiving university notifies the student of their admission to the university.
- The coordinator at the receiving university will notify the student if FACHEX benefits will be granted.
All schools agree to make their first FACHEX awards no later than April 1. For specific information regarding the procedure that participating universities use to grant FACHEX awards, please contact that university's local coordinator. Each university's policy varies.
Saint Louis University Employee Policies and Procedures
A Saint Louis University employee must have completed at least three years of continuous full-time service to be considered eligible to apply for FACHEX at participating institutions.
FACHEX only covers tuition (up to 18 credits per semester). Additional expenses such as room, board, travel-related expenses or books are the sole responsibility of the student and/or the student's family.
FACHEX is for eight semesters, four years of school or upon completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
Students must be re-certified every year to remain FACHEX eligible. SLU Benefits will review students currently enrolled in a FACHEX school and re-certify on the Tuition Exchange (TE) website each spring semester should the student still have eligible semester(s) remaining and the SLU employee is eligible for remission.
- By Oct. 1 of the year before anticipated enrollment, complete the FACHEX Google Form from SLU Benefits along with the names of the participating institution(s) to which your child is planning to apply for admission.
- The FACHEX coordinator will confirm your eligibility and update the TE website for FACHEX for the school your student is applying to, certifying the student's eligibility to participate in that school's FACHEX program. Tuition Exchange automatically sends email notifications to the parent and student using the email addresses provided on the google form.
- Your student applies to the designated institution(s). We also recommend employees or students contact the FACHEX coordinator at their desired school(s) to inquire about special admissions dates — it’s not uncommon to require early applications, and it is your responsibility to follow those admission guidelines.
- The FACHEX coordinator at each institution where your child applied will inform students whether or not they will receive a FACHEX award. Most schools make FACHEX decisions after March 1.
Non-SLU Employee Policies and Procedures
Saint Louis University only awards FACHEX to incoming freshmen students. Transfer students or current students whose parent becomes eligible for the benefit after the student starts college are not eligible.
- Before Feb. 1, eligible employees at participating universities must notify the FACHEX coordinator at their home institution with their child's legal name, mailing address, Social Security number and the names of the participating institution(s) to which their child is planning to apply for admission.
- The FACHEX coordinator at the home institution enters the information on the Tuition Exchange website. An email is sent to the parent and child to confirm the certification by the home institution.
- The student applies to Saint Louis University.
- Saint Louis University makes FACHEX decisions after March 1. After decisions have been made, the FACHEX coordinator informs each eligible student whether or not he or she has been offered a FACHEX award.