About the CIC Tuition Exchange Program

CIC-TEP is a network of CIC member colleges and universities willing to accept, tuition-free, students from families of full-time employees of other participating institutions. Each participating institution in the network agrees to import a limited number of students on the same admission basis as they accept all other students, without regard to the number of students it exports.

CIC-TEP began more than 30 years ago when a small group of member presidents suggested that CIC create a program with minimal rules and low fees that they could offer as a benefit to employees. Today, 435 colleges and universities (roughly two-thirds of all CIC Members) from 48 states and five countries are participating. Over the decades, thousands of employees and their spouses and dependents have been able to attend college tuition-free. This year alone, more than 1,700 students were able to fulfill their educational goals thanks to CIC-TEP.

 How to Apply


 Details for Administering the Program


 Special Features of CIC–TEP

Several distinctive elements of CIC’s Tuition Exchange Program provide significant advantages for participating institutions:
  • Full tuition benefit;
  • No hidden fees;
  • True-access program;
  • Broad eligibility for employees, spouses, and dependents;
  • Optional waiting period for receipt of the benefit;
  • Modest student import requirement;
  • Access beyond full-time undergraduate study; and
  • National and international exchange opportunities.

 New CIC-TEP Members

2015-2016 (for exchanges beginning in the 2016-2017 year)
Aquinas College (TN)
Aquinas College (MI)
Bryn Athyn College (PA)
Flagler College (FL)
Goldey-Beacom College (DE)
Guilford College (NC)
Life Pacific College (CA)
MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS)
Newbury College (MA)
Reinhardt University (GA)
St. Louis College of Pharmacy (MO)
Wittenberg University (OH)
Young Harris College (GA)

Albion College (MI)
Beacon College (FL)
Clearwater Christian College (FL)
DePaul University (IL)
Elizabethtown College (PA)
Jarvis Christian College (TX)
Louisburg College (NC)
Maria College (NY)
Pacific Oaks College (CA)
Saint Catharine College (KY)
Southwestern University (TX)
Texas Wesleyan University (TX)
University of Dallas (TX)
Wilberforce University (OH)
Wiley College (TX)
For additional details or questions on CIC-TEP, contact Kate Webber, CIC director of membership services, at (202) 466-7230 or tep@cic.nche.edu.


  • "CIC’s Tuition Exchange Program is a valuable resource for our faculty and staff and is an essential element of our employee recruitment and retention strategies. The options provided by the program allow employees, their children, and their spouses to learn at their growing edge through all stages of their educational and professional careers."
    —Ronald L. Carter, President, Johnson C. Smith University (NC)
  • "CIC’s Tuition Exchange Program significantly enhances our faculty and staff benefits package and strengthens our recruiting. The programs reinforces Dominican University of California's commitment to community building, partnership, and the foundational value of higher education. Our employees enjoy a benefit that makes college more affordable, and our University is enriched with students from other CIC institutions."
    —Mary Marcy, President, Dominican University of California
  • "CIC's Tuition Exchange Program represents one of the most popular and valuable benefits available to Simpson College employees. Indeed, many of our faculty and staff come to Simpson, in part, because of the attractiveness of the the CIC Tuition Exchange Program."
    —Jay Simmons, Simpson College (IA)
  • "As the parent of a former CIC-TEP awarded student, I can personally attest to the value of the CIC-TEP benefit for CIC member employees. It also allows students to pursue programs of interest that may be unavailable at the CIC institution of origin."
    —Robin Dummer, President, Simpson University (CA)
  • "The CIC Tuition Exchange Program is a remarkable program and an invaluable resource for our employees, their children, and their spouses. It complements one of the institution’s most important priorities—to broaden access to higher education and, at the same time, to give real meaning to the ideal of “affordability."
    —Haywood L. Strickland, President and CEO, Wiley College (TX)
  • "The Tuition Exchange Program has been a major benefit for Huston-Tillotson University employees. It has afforded options for our staff and their dependents that would not have been within reach ordinarily."
    —Larry Earvin, President and CEO, Huston-Tillotson University (TX)
  • "Faculty and staff members at Gwynedd Mercy University value the CIC Tuition Exchange Program for the many opportunities it provides. This program adds to employee satisfaction and assists with recruitment for all positions at the college."
    —Kathleen Owens, President, Gwynedd Mercy University (PA)
  • "The CIC Tuition Exchange Program has been invaluable to Stevenson's staff members as well as to their children. I highly recommend the program."
    —Kevin J. Manning, President, Stevenson University (MD)
  • "The Baldwin Wallace University community places a high value on a liberal arts education. The CIC Tuition Exchange Program makes that education a reality for many of our faculty and staff members and their children, and for that they are incredibly grateful."
    —Robert Helmer, President, Baldwin Wallace University (OH)
  • "CIC's Tuition Exchange Program has provided my faculty and staff colleagues at Woodbury University access to a wider variety of affordable educational options for themselves, their children, and their spouses. It is a valuable component of our efforts to recruit and retain an engaged workforce."
    —Luis Calingo, President, Woodbury University (CA)