- The Tuition Exchange (TE) is a reciprocal scholarship program for children and other family members of faculty and staff employed at over 600 participating institutions.
- Tuition Exchange, a 501-c3 non-profit association of colleges and universities, was founded 60 years ago with the purpose to make careers in higher education more attractive.
- We do this through a reciprocal scholarship program, which finances college tuition for the children and other family members of faculty and staff employed at participating institutions.
A Network of Colleges
The Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange Program (CIC-TEP) - Is a network of CIC colleges and universities willing to accept, tuition-free, students from families of full-time employees of other CIC-TEP 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.
- The CIC-TEP was planned and developed more than two decades ago with a goal of creating a true-access program, without any costly fees or cumbersome credit-debit limitations.
- The true-access component is only one of the many special features that the program offers.
Tuition Exchange Program at Duquesne
The Director of Financial Aid acts as the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer responsible for administration of the program on a daily basis. Human Resource's is responsible for maintaining Duquesne’s TE policies.
- Full-time faculty and staff and their eligible dependents are able to apply for TE/CIC participation.
- There is no guarantee. The TE/CIC program is not a Duquesne Benefit, so you are not automatically eligible to receive it.
- For the 2013-2014 academic year, we will process applications for the TE program based on the employee's length of full-time service with the University.
- If a new applicant applies to an institution that participates in both the TE and CIC programs, the application will be sent out as CIC only. If the institution only participates in the TE program, the application will be sent out based on the employee's length of full-time service with the University.
- Each participating TE institution determines whom they will accept
- Each participating TE institution determines how many students will receive a scholarship.
- The criteria used could include but is not limited to SAT/ACT scores, class rank, teacher recommendations, activities, financial need or first come first serve basis.
- Once eligible, chances that the TE/CIC institution will award a scholarship depends on the participating TE/CIC institution’s policies and procedures and the number of scholarships it has available.
- Last year, TE colleges that were new to TE, or were very large institutions, were more likely to offer a TE Scholarship.
- Also, if the number of TE applicants to a particular TE college is small, chances will be better to get an award.
- When Duquesne University has a limited number of exporting TE/CIC slots available, selection will be made on a seniority basis according to the employee’s length of full-time employment.
- For 2013-2014, the institutions are required to cover at least $31,500 of their charged tuition (this is called minimum “set rate” value).
- If the tuition is higher, the participating TE College may offer a TE scholarship covering all or some of the remaining tuition cost.
- Each year the Tuition Exchange Board of Directors establishes the “set rate” value based on a weighted average of all participating TE college tuition.
- This means that the “set rate “value could change each year.
You should apply no later than the earliest college admission deadline at the institution you are considering. For the 2013-2014 academic year Duquesne University’s deadline is December 3, 2012.
There are three easy steps:
- The employee must submit a TE application and applicable dependent verification to the Duquesne University Human Resource Department who will determine if the employee or their dependent is eligible for the exchange (this process is called certification).
- The employee or their eligible dependent applies for admission to the participating university or college of interest.
- When the applicant is admitted, the importing institution determines whether or not a TE/CIC Scholarship is awarded.
- It is a good idea to apply for financial aid at the same time the admission application is filed just in case the participating TE/CIC institution does not offer a TE/CIC scholarship.
- If the student waits to find out if a TE/CIC scholarship is offered before applying for aid, it may be too late to apply for aid.
- Even if a TE/CIC scholarship is offered, the student may still need financial assistance beyond the TE/CIC scholarship.
More Tuition Exchange Information
- Connect to the Internet at www.tuitionexchange.org or www.cic.org to review a current listing of participating institutions.
- If you have questions about TE/CIC at another college, contact the Admissions Office at that college.
- If you have more questions about TE/CIC in general, contact us at the Financial Aid Office.