Overview of the FACHEX Program
What is FACHEX?
Established by the Conference of Academic Vice Presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in 1971, FACHEX is an acronym for Faculty and Staff Children Exchange.
FACHEX is an undergraduate tuition remission program for children of current full-time faculty, administrators, and staff. Through the FACHEX program, employees who have a tuition remission benefit for their children at their home institution can apply to receive the same benefit at participating Jesuit colleges and universities, should there be space available, and the student meets that school's requirements for FACHEX applicants. It is important to realize, however, that FACHEX awards tend to be extremely limited in number, and highly competitive. As a result, there are no guarantees to the children of any given faculty or staff member that they will be able to utilize the FACHEX benefit at the institution of their choice.
Eligibility requirements are determined by the home institution. The general principle is, if the home institution grants a full-tuition remission benefit to the child of a faculty or staff member, then the child is eligible to apply for a possible FACHEX award at the participating Jesuit institution(s) of their choice. It is important to realize, however, that each institution sets their own rules about how students are selected for a FACHEX award. Many schools use academic achievement as a determining factor, and will only consider incoming Freshmen as applicants.
At Saint Louis University, an employee must have completed at least three years of continuous full time service to be considered eligible to apply for FACHEX at participating institutions.
Additionally, participating FACHEX schools have assigned December 15th as the last date they will receive FACHEX Certification Letters for the following Fall. To ensure eligibility, it is imperative that the eligible parent request certification by December 1 before the student's fall semester of enrollment at a participating FACHEX institution, as there is no guarantee that a late certification will be honored by the desired institution.
FACHEX, should it be granted, only covers tuition (up to 18 credit hours per semester). Any additional expenses incurred by the student 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 8 semesters, four years of school or upon completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
Each participating institution determines the number of FACHEX awards it will grant to incoming students each year. As a general rule, these positions are extremely limited in number, hence highly competitive in terms of both space and selectivity. As stated above, there are no guarantees to the children of any given faculty or staff member that they will be able to utilize the FACHEX benefit at the institution of their choice. For more information on the number of FACHEX awards available at a particular institution, contact the institution's FACHEX coordinator.
Application Process for Eligible Employees of Saint Louis University:
1. By December 1st, the parent employed at Saint Louis University sends in the FACHEX application to the FACHEX coordinator, along with the names of the participating institution(s) to which their child is planning to apply for admission.
2. Once the FACHEX coordinator confirms the parent's benefits eligibility, he/she will send a letter to the FACHEX Coordinator of the school(s) to which the student is applying, certifying the student's eligibility to participate in that school's FACHEX program, should a position be available. A copy of the letter will also be sent to the eligible employee.
3. The student applies to the participating institution(s) he/she designated above. (It is also recommended that the student or parent contacts the FACHEX coordinator at their desired school(s) to see if there are any special admissions dates they need to follow. It is not uncommon for institutions to encourage FACHEX applicants to apply for Early Action, so it is the responsibility of the student/parent to find this information out, and follow those admission guidelines.)
4. After admission decisions have been made, the FACHEX coordinator at each participating institution in which the child applied, informs whether or not he/she will be offered a FACHEX award. Please be aware that decisions by each participating institution are done on their own time frame. However, most schools wait until after March 1st to make decisions for FACHEX.
** If given a FACHEX award, the employee must request to be re-certified every year. A FACHEX application is sent to the FACHEX coordinator with the words "re-certify" and the particular institution where the student is attending. This must be done every year that the student is attending the institution.
Application Process for Eligible Employees of Participating Institutions who's Children are Applying to Saint Louis University:
1. Before February 1st, the parent employed at a participating university notifies the FACHEX coordinator at his/her 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.
2. Once the coordinator at the home institution confirms the parent's benefits eligibility, they will e-mail or send a letter by mail to the FACHEX Coordinator at Saint Louis University certifying the student's eligibility to participate in Saint Louis University's FACHEX program, should a position be available. The FACHEX coordinator at Saint Louis University will confirm with both the home institution's FACHEX coordinator and the parent that we have received an eligibility letter.
3. The student applies to Saint Louis University. FACHEX is only given to incoming freshmen students. It is not awarded to transfer students or students who are already attending and their parents become eligible for the benefit after the student has already begun attending SLU.
4. After admission decisions have been made, the FACHEX coordinator at Saint Louis University informs eligible students of whether or not he/she will be offered a FACHEX award. FACHEX decisions are made after March 1st.