Tuition Exchange Program (TEP)

CIC-TEP Brochure​​​​​CICTEP is a network of CIC member colleges and universities that are willing to accept as students, tuition-free, full-time employees and their family members. 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.

CICTEP began almost 40 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, nearly 440 colleges and universities (roughly two-thirds of all CIC Members) from 48 states and five countries are participating. Over the decades, tens of thousands of employees and their spouses and dependents have been able to attend college tuition-free. 

​Quick Facts

The CICTEP network consists of a variety of institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including baccalaureate, masters, doctoral research, arts, business, faith-related, health professions, and technology-related specialties. The size of each institution ranges from very small to large.

Last year, close to 3,000 students applied for the CICTEP benefit. 

On average, two out of three applicants receive at least one offer of admissions.

On average, seven students per participating institution apply to participate in the program annually. There are no limits on export considerations.

​Search for institutions

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

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

View/Print all Institutions
View a printable list of all CICTEP participating institutions and their liaisons.

How to Apply​

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 to the liaison officer at the home/exporting institution for determining acceptance to CICTEP (if required by the exporting institution). 

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

Details for Administering the Program

Overview and Instructions
For CICTEP Liaisons: Instructions for administering the program.

Profile Update
For current or new CICTEP Liaisons: Make changes to the institutional profile or liaison officer's contact information.

CICTEP Online Portal
For CICTEP Liaisons: Manage all CICTEP applications sent and received by your institution. 

Special Features of CIC–TEP

CICTEP offers many advantages to participating institutions and employees.

  • Full tuition benefit. The CICTEP benefit covers the full cost of tuition for students at all participating institutions. 
  • No balance requirements. Since there are no limitations on the number of students who can use the benefit, institutions do not need to monitor whether “import” and “export” students are in balance. 
  • Broad eligibility for employees. All employees designated as full-time by a participating institution are eligible to receive exchange benefits. There is no need to limit use of the benefit to only certain groups of employees. 
  • Spouses and dependents are also eligible. In addition, spouses and dependants of full-time employees may also receive tuition benefits.
  • Enrollment incentive. Students from families of employees at other institutions have an incentive to enroll at participating institutions. 
  • No hidden fees. Students can apply to multiple institutions without paying application or placement fees. 
  • Flexible study options. In addition to full-time undergraduate study, institutions can allow “import” students to enroll in part-time, graduate, doctoral, online, and/or study-abroad programs. 
  • Easy administration. Administering CICTEP is easy and can be done through a fully interactive, real-time, online portal, with no added annual reporting requirements.
  • Large network. Currently, nearly 440 colleges in 48 states and five countries participate in CICTEP, giving families a wide range of choice.

New CIC-TEP Members

2019–2020 (for exchanges beginning in the 20202021 year)
Bryan College of Health Sciences (NE)
Drury University (MO)
Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)
University of New Haven (CT)

2018–2019 (for exchanges beginning in the 20192020 year)
Albertus Magnus College (CT)
Cornell College (IA)
Divine Word College (IA)
Edward Waters College (FL)
Presentation College (SD)
Roanoke College (VA)
Siena College (NY)
Spartanburg Methodist College (SC)

For additional details or questions about CICTEP, contact CIC at (202) 466-7230 or tep@cic.nche.edu.