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Augie Choice application and FAQs

Q: Where do I find the Augie Choice application?

A: The Augie Choice application is for experiences related to internships, research or creative scholarship. Most study abroad experiences will complete the application through Studio Abroad.

Q: When is the application deadline?

A: Applications should be submitted 60 days prior to the first day of the experience. In cases when this isn’t possible (such as internships with later notification dates), the application may be accepted at a later date. However, once the experience is complete, you may no longer apply for Augie Choice funding. Augie Choice funding cannot be applied to past experiences.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to apply for Augie Choice?

A: Any currently enrolled Augustana student who has 60 completed, Augustana credits or has been in attendance for four consecutive semesters (or equivalent combination of trimesters and semesters) is eligible to apply for Augie Choice. Transfer students need 30 completed Augustana credits or two consecutive semesters (or equivalent combination of trimesters and semesters).

To receive funds, a student must be in good academic standing with the Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar, Dean of Students Office, and Office of Academic Affairs

Q: What do I need to do in order to use Augie Choice for an internship?

A: All Augie Choice funded internships must be registered for zero or more credits before applying for Augie Choice. Internships for one or more credits are supervised by a faculty member or the assistant director of internships. Zero-credit internships typically are not supervised by a faculty member but instead are supervised by the assistant director of internships.

The assistant director of internships will assist students in registering for ALL internship credits in a required appointment. Appointments with the assistant director of internships can be made through Handshake.

According to federal guidelines for Curricular Practical Training, international students must register for at least .25 credit to be eligible for an internship and to be eligible to receive Augie Choice funding.

Q: How do I use Augie Choice for research or other creative scholarship?

A: All Augie Choice funded research projects must be supervised by an Augustana faculty member. Off-campus research or other creative scholarship opportunities will need approval and summary reporting by an Augustana faculty member. Augie Choice can be used for stipends, travel, materials, or other expenses directly related to completing the project.

Q: What is included in “research”?

A: We refer to “research and creative scholarship” to reinforce that “research” refers to the expected scholarship found in any field of study. The linking connection is that the activity provides an original contribution to the field in a way that can be shared with others. Here are some examples.

Q: How do I use Augie Choice for study abroad?

A: With only a few specific exceptions, Augie Choice can only be used for international (not domestic) study away. Programs that are Augie Choice eligible will be indicated as such in the study away catalog.

All Augie Choice applications for an Augustana-led or endorsed study abroad program should be completed in Studio Abroad.

Only if you wish to participate in an international program which is not sponsored by Augustana should you use the online application form for Augie Choice.

Q:Where do I find Student Learning Outcomes for my application?

A: Here: Learning Outcomes

Q: What approvals will I need?

A: All applications require signatures from the applicant, and approval from the major or academic advisor and the experience supervisor. The experience supervisor for an internship experience, will most likely be Bobbie Tidball, assistant director of internships, or an Augustana faculty member, depending on the experience.

Q: What should I include in the budget?

A: The budget proposal is an estimate of expenses (this excludes tuition) that students plan to accumulate through their Augie Choice experience. Please be specific in detailing the estimated expenses in the Budget Narrative section of the Augie Choice application. Guidelines include:

  • Travel. The standard rate for mileage is $0.24 a mile. For a non-Augustana study away, you should include here any travel expenses which are not part of the program fee.

  • Food. Refers to meals/food purchased during the hours of the experience (lunches).

  • Housing. Students are eligible for rent expenses when the primary need for housing is the Augie Choice eligible experience (ex. Summer internships or research). This cannot cover housing expenses during the academic school year.

  • Equipment. Equipment of more than $50 becomes property of Augustana College

  • Stipend. Augie Choice can be used for stipends for time spent conducting research/creative scholarship or internships calculated on estimated hours worked. Contact the Augie Choice coordinator Beth Ford for details.

  • Misc. The cap on professional attire is $250.

Sample budget for a 10-week internship

Travel: $240 (20 miles per day for fives days a week for 10 weeks at $.24 per mile)

Food: $500 ($10 per lunch for five days a week for 10 weeks)

Housing: $900 ($300 per month for three months for a summer internship)

Stipend $2,000 ($10/hour for 20 hours a week for 10 weeks)

General $250 for professional attire

Total $3,890

Q: Are Augie Choice funds taxable?

A: Augie Choice funds may have tax consequences. Students are advised to seek tax advice on this matter. In addition, Augie Choice funds may affect eligibility for Federal Work Study and/or Federal Student and/or parent loans. Again, students are advised to seek advice on this matter.

Q: Can I use Augie Choice to pay for tuition?

A: No. It is to cover the expenses related to doing something over and above your regular college experience.

Q: I’m a senior. How long am I eligible for Augie Choice?

A: If you are graduating in May, you will need to complete the Augie Choice experience by June 30. If the experience requires completion of credits, you can still participate in Commencement but will need to delay degree completion until summer. Students registered for courses beyond a fourth year remain eligible through a fifth year at Augustana as long as they are registered and the degree is not yet completed.

Q: I forgot to use my Augie Choice. Can I still get it?

A: Students must participate in an approved experience in order to be eligible to receive Augie Choice funding. If you have further questions about your eligibility or approved experiences, please contact Augie Choice coordinator Beth Ford.