Frequently Asked Questions About FACHEX
Presented below are answers to common questions posed about the FACHEX program. There are two sections of FAQ’s: one for current Boston College employees who are applying to have their child considered for FACHEX at another participating Jesuit University, and one for employees of other Jesuit Universities who are applying to have their child considered for FACHEX at Boston College. Please make sure you review the appropriate section.
FAQ’s for Current Employees of Boston College (Outgoing Students)
Are all employees eligible for FACHEX?
Any current employee who is eligible for the Child Tuition Remission benefit at Boston College is eligible to apply to have their child considered for a potential FACHEX award at a participating institution. This benefit requires 5 or more years of continuous full time service. If you are uncertain about your employment history, or eligibility, please contact the Benefits Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for clarification.
What if I have not been employed at Boston College for 5 years yet, but my child is applying for college now. Can I apply for FACHEX anyway?
No. You must meet the eligibility requirements above. If you are to become eligible for FACHEX benefits after your child has been accepted as a freshman, or has completed the freshman year of college at a different school, you must contact the coordinator at the desired participating FACHEX institution at that time to see if it is still possible for your child to apply for FACHEX. Many schools only extend new FACHEX awards to incoming Freshman so it may be too late. The only exception to this would be a parent who would be FACHEX eligible by September of the year the student would be enrolled. In this case, a certification would most likely be granted, but at the discretion of the Benefits Office (email@example.com), and you should consult with them first if you have any question about your service dates.
Do I apply for FACHEX if my child wants to come to Boston College?
No. If your child wishes to attend Boston College that is covered through Tuition Remission.
Can I apply for FACHEX for myself to study at a participating school?
No. The FACHEX program, (both incoming and outgoing), is only available to the children of current eligible Faculty and Staff members. There is no adult exchange program currently offered for the Faculty or Staff members themselves, or their spouses.
My child wants to take one course at a participating school. Can I apply for FACHEX?
No. FACHEX, if offered, only covers 4 years of continuous full time undergraduate study during the traditional spring and fall semesters. It is not available for part time study, summer study, or for individual course remuneration.
What do I have to do to get FACHEX for my child?
Is there a deadline to apply for FACHEX?
Yes. Participating schools have designated December 15th as the last date they will accept Certification Letters. For this reason, you should have your FACHEX Certification Form submitted before this deadline to allow time for processing.
What if I miss the deadline?
The Benefits Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) will only process a late certification request if you contact the FACHEX Coordinator at the receiving school FIRST to see if they will still accept it. Many Schools WILL NOT.
If I missed the FACHEX deadline, and the school my child wishes to attend will not accept a Late Certification letter, is there anything Boston College can do?
No. Boston College will not assume responsibility for parents who either fail to follow the certification process, or fail to meet the established deadlines of the program. You can try to petition the desired school, but BC will not aid in this process, nor have we seen it be effective in the past.
Is FACHEX an automatic exchange?
No. Each school makes its’ own determination about how many children it can extend FACHEX to, and there is no guarantee to any employee that their child will be able to utilize the benefit at the school of their choice.
What are my child’s chances of getting a FACHEX Award?
Slim. Most of the more popular schools in the program such as Fairfield, Fordham, and Loyola Chicago often receive 70 or more applications each year for 1 to 3 available spots. Since FACHEX is normally offered to the most academically competitive student(s) in the pool, it is highly competitive both in terms of space and selectivity. You are welcome to contact the FACHEX Coordinator at the desired school to see if they know how many spots they have available for the year your child is applying. You should also consider applying for Financial Aid at the desired school(s), since a Financial Aid offer may make it possible to attend that school should FACHEX not be offered.
Can my child study abroad on FACHEX, or attend classes during the summer?
Each school sets their own policies on these scenarios, so you should check with the FACHEX Coordinator at that school to find out.
If my child receives FACHEX at a participating school, but needs to take a leave of absence, can they get FACHEX when they return?
Probably Not. As described in a question above, FACHEX, if offered, usually only covers 4 years of continuous full time undergraduate study. You should consult with the FACHEX Coordinator at the affected school and follow what ever guidelines they give you. Each school's policies and practices are different, and Boston College can not advise on their behalf.
When will my child be notified if they receive FACHEX?
Most schools notify a student by April 1st. It is important to realize, however, that once a certification letter has been sent out any communication regarding the FACHEX award will happen directly between the FACHEX Coordinator at the school(s) to which the child has applied, and the child or child's family. Boston College can not aid in this process, as each school sets their policy regarding how/when FACHEX decisions will be communicated.
Can my child apply for FACHEX as a Transfer student or Upperclassman?
Probably Not. Most schools only accept FACHEX applications from incoming Freshman. You should check with the FACHEX Coordinator at the desired school(s) to see if this is possible before attempting certification.
Can my child apply for FACHEX for Graduate School?
No. FACHEX is only available for 4 years of traditional full time undergraduate study.
Can you advise me on which school my child should attend, or what academic program they should study?
No. Boston College does not provide generalized admission counseling, nor maintain academic program information about any of the participating schools. We suggest, instead, that you either contact the schools directly, or view their websites online. There are also college profiles and major selection information available though outside companies such as the College Board or you can consult the guidance counselor at your child’s school.
FAQ’s for Employees of Other Jesuit Universities (Incoming Students)
What are my child’s chances of getting FACHEX at Boston College?
Slim. As described above, we receive 90 or more applicants annually for 1 or 2 available spots. Since the award goes to the most academically competitive student(s) in the pool, it is highly competitive both in terms of availability and academic selectivity.
How does my child apply for FACHEX at Boston College?
Students should apply for Early Action Admission, (which has a November 1st deadline), and list their parent's employer as a participating Jesuit University in the Parent Employer field on their Common Application. Failure to identify a parent's employer on the Common Application as a participating Jesuit institution will result in failure to be considered for a FACHEX award. There are NO exceptions to this policy, as the Common Application is the ONLY way BC selects FACHEX eligible students.
Why should my child apply Early Action to Boston College?
It has always been the policy of the FACHEX program at BC to give first preference to those students who apply Early Action since the FACHEX awards usually go to students who are eligible to participate in the academically competitive Presidential Scholars Program. (Students who qualify for this program are typically in the top "1%-2%" of the national pool of freshman applicants, and they are selected on an invitation only basis from this early action pool.)
What if my child applies for Regular Decision?
As described above, first preference for FACHEX is always given to Early Action applicants. If, however, there are not any FACHEX eligible students within the Early Action pool, others applying during the regular application timeframe will be considered so long as they have properly listed their parent's employer as a participating Jesuit institution on their Common Application.
What if my child didn't list me as employed by a participating Jesuit University on their Common Application?
Your child should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 617-552-3100 (before the admissions deadlines). They are the ONLY office at BC that can adjust an applicant's admission file.
What about a FACHEX Certification letter?
Unlike other schools in the FACHEX Program, Boston College will only require a FACHEX Certification letter for an incoming student who is selected as a Finalist for a FACHEX award. The obtainment of this certification will be initiated by Boston College exclusively. Any certifications received for a student who has not been selected as a Finalist will be discarded. The only way for your child to be identified as a FACHEX applicant at Boston College, is to have the eligible parent's employer listed as a participating Jesuit University on their Common Application. NO EXCEPTIONS
What if I didn't understand the rules of the program, or missed the deadline?
It is the responsibility of the parent/student to research the Admissions and FACHEX policies of the Universities they are applying to, and follow those deadlines/procedures. NO EXCEPTIONS or EXCUSES will be accepted.
When will my child be notified if they receive a FACHEX Award?
All FACHEX eligible students applying to BC will be notified by March 15th of their FACHEX decision. The initial notification will be sent separate from the Admission or Financial Aid decision letters.
Can my child apply as an Upperclassman or Transfer Student?
No. Boston College only accepts FACHEX applications from incoming Freshman. A student not offered the benefit as an entering freshman will not be offered the benefit at Boston College later.
Is there a Wait List for FACHEX?
If my child receives a FACHEX award, do I have to re-apply every year?
No. If your child receives a FACHEX award, it will be automatically renewed on an annual basis provided the student continues to attend Boston College full time, and the parent maintains their respective employment and FACHEX eligibility at a participating Jesuit University.
Can my child study abroad on FACHEX?
FACHEX recipients who participate in a Boston College Study Abroad Program during the fall or spring semesters will continue to receive the FACHEX benefit during the academic year. If your child enters a Study Abroad Program not sponsored by BC it will not be funded through FACHEX, and there is no guarantee FACHEX can be reinstated when the student returns.
If my child receives FACHEX but needs to take a leave of absence, can they get FACHEX when they return?
Probably Not. FACHEX at Boston College, if offered, only covers 4 years of continuous full time undergraduate study during the traditional fall and spring semesters. If a recipient decides to interrupt his/her studies at BC they should notify the FACHEX Coordinator at BC before the end of the last funded semester. Reinstatement under FACHEX will depend on the availability of FACHEX openings at the time of reinstatement, and it is not guaranteed.
If my child wants to take courses during the summer towards his/her degree, will FACHEX cover that?
No. As described in the question above, FACHEX at Boston College only covers 4 years of continuous full time undergraduate study during the traditional fall and spring semesters. You would have to find another source of funding for any summer courses, or summer study abroad experiences.
Can my child apply for FACHEX for Graduate School?
No. FACHEX is only available for 4 years of traditional full time undergraduate study, and BC will only consider a student for FACHEX who applies as an incoming Freshman to a traditional undergraduate degree program.
Can my child come for a tour of Boston College?
Yes. The Office of Undergraduate Admission provides tour information on their website so refer to them for the schedule or obtainment of admission materials.
Can my child have an interview for Admission or FACHEX at Boston College?
No, Boston College does not offer interviews for Admission, or programs like FACHEX. For the fairness of all candidates, only information collected for the admissions application is reviewed. No personal interviews, or expression of interest outside of the application requirements will be considered.
Can you advise me on what academic program my child should study?
No. The FACHEX Coordinator at Boston College does not provide academic counseling. We suggest, instead, that you either contact our Office of Undergraduate Admission, or view BC's website to review our academic offerings. There are also college profiles and major selection information available though outside companies such as the College Board, or you can consult the guidance counselor at your child’s school.
Should my child apply for Financial Aid?
Definitely. As explained previously, FACHEX awards at Boston College are extremely competitive and limited in number. For this reason, it is highly recommended that all FACHEX applicants also apply for Financial Aid, since a Financial Aid offer may make it possible to attend Boston College should a FACHEX award not be extended. You can review the Office of Student Services website for more information about how to apply for Financial Aid.