Why is the cost of education so high? What are the unintended consequences of minimum wage laws on poverty? How do I crush it in today's competitive job market? At FEE seminars, you are free to explore the world through an economic lens, build self-confidence, and challenge the conventional mindset about how the world really works. At the end of it all you gain in-demand leadership, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills to help shape your career and make an impact in the world.
Not only are FEE seminars educational but also a lot of fun. You have the chance to explore real-life examples of economics in action with inspiring business leaders and educators. Experience the effects of free trade during a crowd favorite — the Trading Game. Develop innovative solutions to issues you care about and pitch big ideas during the Economist's Challenge. Navigate dorm life in a breathtaking city, cultivate new friendships, hang out during fun socials and campus tours, and so much more!
I learned so much. FEE had great speakers and information, great material to follow up with, I've made great connections and in some cases great friendships. Thanks for the opportunity.- Agata Fowler, Alumna
My son loved having a frank discussion with his peers and an opportunity to hear from expert speakers. Additionally, my son enjoyed traveling to a new destination, it was a coming of age experience, while parents can feel confident that a child is in a safe place and gaining a great learning experience.- Alla Bush, Parent of Alumnus
Reaching high school and college students with an inspiring message of liberty, character and economics, is critical to our country’s future. FEE has done a superb job of enlisting ‘newcomers’ in the crusade for free minds and free markets.- Robert Levy, Cato Institute Chairman
In 1971, as a college student, I attended a weekend seminar at FEE. It gave me a completely new perspective that has guided my thinking on economics ever since.- Joe Forshaw, Alumnus
For my going into 10th grade daughter, the seminar made the ideas of economics come alive. She called me after the first night and said she had to go back next year.- Mead Vest, Parent of Alumna
The summer programs for high school students and young professionals are designed to focus on fundamentals. We will talk about big ideas, and our goal is for you to leave with more confidence and prepared to take on the world. These programs should be a starting place on your journey to better understand the world and make more informed decisions.
Tuition reimbursement scholarships are available on the seminar registration or application form and are awarded at on a rolling basis. Qualifying applicants will be reimbursed the full tuition fee after attending the seminar. A deposit of the tuition fee in full is required to attend.
You are responsible for your travel to and from the seminar and any incidental spending during the seminar.
Through a partnership with the Staley Foundation, we are able to offer a limited number of travel reimbursement scholarships as well (also paid at the conclusion of your seminar). Qualifying applicants will be reimbursed for up to $500 in travel expenses after attending the seminar and submitting valid receipts. Qualifying expenses include airline tickets, bus or train tickets, or mileage reimbursement of 54.5 cents per mile if driving a personal vehicle.
Yes. International students are welcome to apply and attend. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and for completing any necessary paperwork required by your country for a visa.
Students are accepted on a rolling basis; however, we receive many applications, so it may take a few weeks for us to get back to you. You will hear back by the middle of April at the latest.
If you need a Visa to enter the United States, contact the US Embassy or Consulate in your country and find out what options are available to you and what their requirements are. Be sure to do this as soon as possible as it may take a few weeks or months to complete the process.
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It depends on your college or university. Check with your Dean’s office to find out if your college or university offers an independent study option. If so, you may be able to design an independent study that includes your attendance at a FEE Seminar. All seminar participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar stating the number of lecture hours that you received.
For more than 60 years, we've made the safety and well-being of our students our highest priority. All FEE seminar staff undergo background checks and the student to staff ratio is approximately 10 to 1. FEE staff and chaperones stay on campus with students. We greet our students at designated airport locations and offer chaperoned shuttle buses to and from the program site.
For high school seminars, students are supervised by our staff during the day and in the evenings they have mandatory floor checks by their assigned staff member who sleeps on the same floor. Male and female students are housed in separate housing facilities and/or floors.
Emergency communication plans are also in place, allowing us to communicate directly with parents and emergency contacts in the event of an emergency.
FEE seminar alumni include the late Congressman and Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp, Koch Industries chairman Charles Koch, Acton Institute founder Fr. Robert Sirico, The Fund for American Studies president Roger Ream (who also served as director of seminars and is our current chairman), Cancer Treatment Centers of America founder Dick Stephenson, Atlas Economic Research Foundation president Alex Chafuen, former Heritage Foundation president Edwin Feulner, and countless others of note.
Through the FEE Alumni Network (FAN), students remain connected to FEE, receiving invitations to events near them and information about career or educational opportunities with partner organizations. To learn more about our alumni, visit our alumni spotlight page.
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Anna Jane Parrill