Department of Geosciences

Geology Transfer Scholars Program FAQ

Q: I’m already registered for GEOL 202 in the fall. Can I still apply for the Geology Transfer Scholars Program?
A: Yes! If you are offered a Geology Transfer Scholar position, we will work with you to rearrange your schedule for fall semester. Contact Dr. Hannula or the Office of Admission for instructions on how to rearrange your schedule.


Q: Will I need to pay tuition and fees? How much will I need to pay?
A: The answer depends on whether you are a Colorado resident, an out-of-state resident, or receive the Native American tuition waiver.

  • Colorado residents: The $1630 Geology Transfer Scholarship will cover tuition + fees, and leave $798.70 for books, materials, housing, and other living expenses.
  • Out-of-state: The Geology Transfer Scholarship will cover cover tuition + fees, and leave $138.70 for books, materials, housing, and other living expenses.
  • Native American Tuition Waiver: The Native American Tuition Waiver will cover your tuition, and the $1630 Geology Transfer Scholarship will cover fees. This will leave $1478.70 from the Geology Transfer Scholarship for books, materials, housing, and other living expenses.

Q: Should I file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
A: The FAFSA is not required for the Geology Transfer Scholarship. However, it is required for many other financial aid options at Fort Lewis College. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss additional options.


Q: I should qualify for the Native American Tuition Waiver. How do I make sure that I receive it before the class begins?
A: Fill out the Certificate of Tribal Membership and submit it to the Office of Admissions before July 12.

To qualify for the Native American Tuition Waiver, students must:

  1. Have your own enrollment or census number; or
  2. Provide documentation that you are 50% Native American; or
  3. Prove you are a direct descendant of a tribal member who, on June 1, 1934, resided within the present boundaries of any Native American reservation.

Q: How will I receive the student hourly pay associated with the course?
A: You will be employed as a “Geology Transfer Program Participant.” You will log the hours for the field trips and other Geology Transfer Program activities, and submit them twice: once on August 15, and once at the end of the course (absolute deadline: September 1). The hours should be 8 hours per week if you participate in all of the activities.


Q: When will I receive pay checks for the student hourly pay?
A: You will be paid on September 1 ($240 minus tax withholding) and on September 15 ($120 minus tax withholding), if timesheets are turned in by the required deadline.


Q: I want to live on campus during the summer course. How will that work?
A: During the class, you will be able to live on campus in the Mears apartments.
Move-in date: July 30
Move-out date: August 19
Estimated on-campus housing cost: $630 (plus $150 refundable deposit required when you apply, unless you are living on campus in the fall)
Housing application: Will be sent via e-mail when you are offered a position.
Housing application deadline: July 12

For information about on-campus housing visit the housing website.


Q: I’m going to be living on campus during Fall Semester. Can I stay in the same apartment?
A: Yes, but there is an addition cost of $300 for Interim Summer Housing as part of your contract if you choose to stay.  You will need to move to your Fall Semester housing assignment on August 20th if you stay for interim housing.


Q: I plan to live off campus. Can I still participate?
A: Yes! You may live off campus during the course, or you may stay in campus housing during the course, and move into off-campus housing later (at the end of the course).


Q: What activities are involved, besides the summer GEOL 202 course?
A: On your days off, there will be two types of activities: geology field trips, and introductions to useful groups on campus.

  • Field trips:
    • There will be three field trips for the Geology Transfer Scholars (one each week). These field trips will be led by FLC faculty, and will introduce you to places that students usually see in their first two years at FLC.
  • Introductions to campus:
    • Tuesday, August 1: useful campus offices (including Student Employment, where you will fill out the paperwork that allows you to be paid); useful places in Durango (including a possible trip to purchase supplies for GEOL 202)
    • Friday, August 18 (after turning in your final map): meet with student clubs and FLC Geosciences alumni

Q: Can I take other FLC summer classes while I am taking GEOL 202?
A: No. The field course will run from approximately 8 am to 5 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from July 31 – August 18. However, there are summer courses that end before July 31, and you may take them.


Q: Can I work during the summer while also taking GEOL 202?
A: No. The scholarship plus the student hourly pay is designed to allow you to take full advantage of the course, the field trips, and the other opportunities, without working an additional job.