Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Employees of GE Aerospace as of the application deadline. Note: employees whose children are selected to receive awards must remain eligible as of the award announcement date (late April 2024).
NOTE: A valid GE SSO ID is required. Children or dependents of Executive Band employees, Senior Executive Band employees and Company Officers are not eligible. Employees who have retired directly from GE Aerospace; or acting on behalf of an employee who has died while in active service for, or after retiring directly from the GE Aerospace, are not eligible to apply.
Quebec applicants must have attained CEGEP or a Secondary Leaving Certificate. For Quebec students enrolling in a CEGEP program:
For pre-university CEGEP programs, you will apply for the 4-Year Category in your 2nd year of CEGEP.
For career CEGEP programs, you will apply for the 2-Year Category in your last year of high school.
If you are planning on attending a 3-5 year university program, you will apply for the 4-Year Category in your final year of higher secondary school (12th year).
If you are planning on attending a 2-year (or equivalent) non-university level post-secondary program such as a technical or vocational program, you will apply for the 2-Year Category in your final year of secondary school (10th year).
If you are planning on attending a 3-5 year university level post-secondary program where you will graduate with a college degree (Egyetemi vagy Foiskolai Oklevel), you will apply for the 4-Year Category in your final year of secondary school (12th year).
If you are planning on attending a 2-year non-university level post-secondary program, such as a technical or vocational program, where you will graduate with a certificate (Bizonyitvany), you will apply for the 2-Year Category in your final year of secondary school (12th year).
Please check with your Human Resources Manager (HRM) to retrieve your SSO ID.
Once the employee submits the eligibility form, your child will be sent a link giving them access to IIE’s online application system in order to complete an application online in English or Spanish or to download a PDF application in French, Hungarian, Italian and Portuguese.
A GE Aerospace Employee must initiate an online application on behalf of his/her dependent by accessing it through the program website, https://apply.iie.org/register/GEAerospace
Yes, the following must also be submitted with your online application by the deadline:
- Your most recent (3-4 years) transcript of grades/academic record provided by the school. If you are unable to submit an official transcript with your application electronically, please upload an unofficial transcript with your online application. Then have your official transcript mailed with a postmark by the deadline.
- Reference form and letter. An emailed request for a letter of recommendation will be sent to your recommender through the online application system at the time of application. The email will provide directions to the recommender regarding how to upload their reference form and letter to your online application.
- (Optional:) Results of university entrance examinations, standardized academic test scores, etc. (if applicable and/or available Test scores reported on official transcripts are acceptable. Please report any test scores through the online application system.
*IIE is unable to accept any of the above documents or full application packages via email or fax.
Yes. Your reference can be completed by a teacher, counselor, employer, etc. who is familiar with your academic record and/or work and volunteer experience. Please note that this cannot be completed by a family member. This reference will provide the selection committee with additional information about you when reviewing your application.
As stated above, an emailed request for a letter of recommendation will be sent to your reference through the online application system at the time of application. The email will provide directions to the recommender regarding how to upload their letter to your online application. The reference will be kept strictly confidential.
All reference letters are due by the application deadline of February 14, 2024.
If there is only one official version of the document, we will accept a photocopy bearing an official signature or stamp (for example, a copy of your official transcript with the principal’s signature on the copy). Please upload this document to your online application.
No. IIE is unable to accept faxed or emailed documents.
IIE will send a confirmation e-mail to the valid e-mail address associated with your application.
Please be advised that due to the volume of application submission activity, IIE staff cannot verify receipt of applications and supporting documentation via telephone inquiry. Please reach out to the program team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We highly encourage the use of the online application, which is available in both English and Spanish, but we do have PDF versions of the application available for those who cannot access the online system.
In order to access PDF versions of the application, a GE Aerospace Employee must initiate an online application on behalf of his/her dependent by accessing it through the program website, https://apply.iie.org/register/GEAerospace
It is your responsibility to follow up with IIE. IIE is not responsible for any documents lost in the mail. For any questions, please contact email@example.com.
If you are planning on attending a four-year college or university (or equivalent outside the U.S.), you should apply for the 4-year Category award. If you are planning on attending a community college, junior college, or vocational, trade or technical school, you would apply for the 2-year Category award.
If you are not sure if you will attend a four-year university or a two-year vocational/technical or community college program, you may apply for both categories. However, you must submit separate application packages for each.
If you finalize your decision before April 1st, please notify the Institute of International Education (IIE) immediately. Your application will be withdrawn from the appropriate program category.
Please note, this award is not transferable between categories and may be applied only toward costs of an institution that corresponds to the application category.
If you win an award for one program category, but decide to switch to post-secondary programs, please refer to the question below. What happens if I decide to change post-secondary programs?
Yes, you are eligible for the GE STAR Awards program as a home-schooled student as long as you are in your final year of your higher/upper secondary education.
The essay portion of the application is an important opportunity for you to provide information about yourself that is not listed in your application, which you feel might be helpful to the reviewing committee.
There is no right or wrong way to write your essay. Each individual approaches this section differently. It is an opportunity to make your application unique and expand upon what you have already listed in the rest of the application.
Awards are intended to help the students meet their first year’s expenses at a four-year college or university (for the 4-Year Category) or a community college or vocational-technical school (for the 2-Year Category) and to use for tuition and mandatory fees to complete your degree program. IIE does not issue tax documents in connection with your award.
After notification, you will be asked to accept the award by submitting your signed Letter of Award. You will submit your proof of enrollment you’re your academic institution when it becomes available to you. After receipt of the required documentation, IIE will send your award check to your home address or by wire transfer with the appropriate form.
Please note that because you may not obtain proof of enrollment until the beginning of your first semester, it is possible that you will not receive your award in time for your tuition due date. Upon sending IIE your signed original Letter of Award and proof of enrollment to IIE, please allow 3-5 weeks processing time to receive your award.
IIE, not GE Aerospace, will distribute your award funds.
IIE distributes payments electronically to participants with U.S. bank accounts. Award winners with a U.S. bank account will receive an email from IIE’s bank when award funds are available. Follow the registration instructions and the money will be transferred directly into your bank account.
For award winners who do not have a U.S. bank account, IIE will request that you provide banking information so that a transfer of funds may be made by Wire/ACH/EFT. Transfers will be made in USD only and you should ensure that your bank accepts payment in USD.
Awards will not be issued or mailed to your college or university. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with your Financial Aid office as necessary.
Proof of enrollment must demonstrate your firm intent to enroll in classes at your post-secondary education institution. Letters of acceptance and confirmation of deposits paid are not sufficient. You must submit one of the following:
A letter of verification of enrollment from the appropriate university official stating that you have registered in classes; or,
A copy of your receipt from the university’s office acknowledging payment of tuition for that year; or,
A copy of an official confirmation of registration in classes for that year (printouts of online registrations are acceptable)
The proof of enrollment must include your name, the name of your school, and indicate the semester for which you are enrolled.
If you receive an award for expenses at a four-year college or university and have decided to attend a community/junior/vocational/technical college instead, you will have to forfeit the award and it will go to an alternate recipient. It will be the same for the reverse situation.
IF YOU DECIDE YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING A POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM, YOUR AWARD WILL BE FORFEITED.
If you decide to defer your post-secondary studies, you will be eligible to receive your award when you enroll in classes, up to one year from your original start date. If you defer your studies for more than one year, your award status will be reviewed and approved by IIE on an individual basis with the possibility of forfeiture.
If you plan to take a Gap Year between graduation and your post-secondary studies, you MUST apply for the program while still in your final year of higher/upper secondary school. Should you be selected for an award, you would defer acceptance of that award for one year until you are enrolled in post-secondary studies. You are not eligible to apply to the program during your Gap Year after you have graduated from higher/upper secondary school even if you have not yet begun your post-secondary studies.
If your country mandates national military service duty between graduation and your post-secondary studies, you MUST apply for the program while still in your final year of higher/upper secondary school. Should you be selected for an award, you would defer acceptance of that award until you have completed your service and are enrolled in post-secondary studies. You are not eligible to apply to the program during your military service duty after you have graduated from higher/upper secondary school even if you have not yet begun your post-secondary studies.
Because the purpose of the GE STAR Award is to assist in defraying first-year costs associated with university attendance, the award must be claimed within the first year of the student’s enrollment at university. If you do not enroll in your degree program within this time frame, please contact us to request a deferral of your award. Approval to defer your award is based on a case-by-case basis and cannot extend beyond 3 years. If your award is not claimed by the deferral deadline, you risk forfeiture of the award.
Each person’s tax situation is different; please consult with a tax preparer in your country for more information.
For award program-related questions, please contact the administering organization, Institute of International Education (IIE):
GE STAR Aerospace Children of Employee Scholarship Program
Institute of International Education (IIE)
For award program-related questions in your native language, please contact your Human Resources office. This program is offered at the sole discretion of GE Aerospace and is not part of employee benefits.
Information provided through this application will only be used for competition purposes and will be treated with utmost confidentiality. All data will be available only to members of the Institute of International Education and the selection panel. Employment information, including GE SSO ID, employee name, and work city, state and country, for finalists will also be made available to GE Aerospace for eligibility verification and award announcement and celebration purposes. Additionally, applicant finalists’ name, school, city, state, and country will be made available to GE Aerospace for award announcement and celebration purposes. An application package becomes the property of IIE once it is submitted. The application or any parts of the application package will not be returned to the applicant. For more information, please check the IIE Trust Center page.