Tuition Exchange Program (TEP)

TEP Brochure​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, 434 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

Map of Participating Institutions
View an interactive map of CIC institutions participating in CIC-TEP.

Searchable List of Participating Institutions
Search for CIC institutions participating in CIC-TEP.

Application Procedure and Guidelines for Students
Step-by-step application instructions for students and liaisons.

Application Form (PDF)
(For exchanges in the upcoming year) This application form should be sent from the liaison officer at the home/exporting institution to the liaison officer at the host/importing institution for determining acceptance to CIC-TEP.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A list of general questions relevant to institutions, students, and liaisons.


Details for Administering the Program

Overview and Instructions
For CIC-TEP Liaisons: Instructions for administering the program.

Manage Institutional Profile
An online form used by liaisons to to make changes to the institutional profile or liaison officer's contact information.

Create New TEP Liaison User Account
For new CIC-TEP Liaisons: Create a new user account.

Annual Report Form (currently unavailable)
A downloadable template used by liaisons to report exchanges during the year. This report will be distributed to all liaisons in August 2017 and will be due in late October.


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

2016–2017(for exchanges beginning in the 20172018 year)
Austin College (TX)
Cedarville University (OH)
Philander Smith College (AR)
Saint Augustine's University (NC)
Wiley College (TX)

2015–2016
Aquinas College (TN)
Aquinas College (MI)
Bryn Athyn College (PA)
Felician College (NJ)
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)

For additional details or questions about CIC-TEP, contact Kate Webber, CIC director of membership services, at (202) 466-7230 or kwebber@cic.nche.edu.