CIC Opens Online Portal for Managing the Tuition Exchange Program

CIC’s Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP) is a membership benefit that allows employees, spouses, and dependents to attend—tuition free—any college in the network.

The program 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 their employees and as a recruitment incentive for faculty and staff. Today, 439 colleges and universities (roughly two-thirds of all CIC members) from 48 states and five countries participate in the program. 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.

In an effort to make the program even easier for colleges to administer, CIC recently launched an online portal for the program. The portal will allow CIC-TEP liaisons to send and receive all student applications through a dedicated and secure section of CIC’s website. This move to replace the paper-based system responds to suggestions from campus CIC-TEP liaison officers who asked for an easier way to administer the program. CIC expects that this enhancement could also persuade additional institutions to join, thereby making the program even more attractive to all participating institutions. Transition to the new portal in three carefully planned phases is underway and will be completed in November.

For more information, visit the program website or contact Kate Webber, CIC director of membership services, at (202) 466-7230 or

screen capture of the new online portal