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, 423 colleges and universities (roughly two-thirds of all CIC Institutional 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 1,800 students were able to fulfill their educational goals thanks to CIC-TEP.

 CIC–TEP Program Details


 New CIC-TEP Members

2014-2015 (for exchanges during the 2015-2016 year)
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)
Allegheny College (PA)
Burlington College (VT)
Crown College (MN)
Drew University (NJ)
Fresno Pacific University (CA)
Hardin-Simmons University (TX)
Mills College (CA)
Regent University (VA)
Saint Augustine's University (NC)
Saint Monica University (Cameroon)
The King's College (NY)
Tuskegee University (AL)

 Special Features of CIC–TEP

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

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.


  • "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)