Tuition Exchange

  • 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.

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Application Process

Application Process

You should apply no later than the earliest college admission deadline at the institution you are considering. For the 2022-2023 academic year Duquesne University's deadline is November 15, 2021.

2022-2023 Tuition Exchange Application

There are three easy steps:

  1. The employee must submit a Tuition Exchange application (above) and applicable dependent verification to the Duquesne University Office of Human Resource who will determine if the employee or their dependent is eligible for the exchange (this process is called certification).
  2. The employee or their eligible dependent applies for admission to the participating university or college of interest.
  3. When the applicant is admitted, the importing institution determines whether or not a TE Scholarship is awarded.

Please Note:

  • It is a good idea to apply for financial aid at the same time the admission application is filed just in case the participating TEI/CIC institution does not offer a TE scholarship.
  • If the student waits to find out if a TE scholarship is offered before applying for aid, it may be too late to apply for aid.
  • Even if a TE scholarship is offered, the student may still need financial assistance beyond the TE scholarship.

More Tuition Exchange Information
  • Visit online at or to review a current listing of participating institutions.
  • If you have questions about TE at another college, contact the Admissions Office at that college.
  • If you have more questions about TE in general, contact us at the Financial Aid Office, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 396-6607.
Participating Institutions

A Network of Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Tuition Exchange, Inc. (TEI) - are the two networks of 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.
  • The CIC and TEI 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.
  • For more information: Council of Independent Colleges and Tuition Exchange, Inc.

Tuition Exchange (TE) 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 is responsible for maintaining Duquesne's TE policies.

  1. Full-time faculty and staff and their eligible dependents are able to apply for TE participation.
  2. There is no guarantee. The TE program is not a Duquesne benefit, so employees are not automatically eligible to receive it.

Please Note:

  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, we will process applications for the TE program based on the employee's length of full-time service with the University.
  • There are two TE programs, the Tuition Exchange, Inc (TEI) and Council of Independent College (CIC), If the institution participates only in the TEI program, the application will be sent out based on the employee's length of full-time service with the University.
Scholarship Policy
  1. Each participating TEI/CIC institution determines whom they will accept
  2. Each participating TEI/CIC institution determines how many students will receive a scholarship.
  3. 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 TEI/CIC institution will award a scholarship depends on the participating TEI/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 TEI/CIC college is small, your chances of recieving a TE scholarship may increase.
  • When Duquesne University has a limited number of exporting TEI/CIC slots available, selection will be made on a seniority basis according to the employee's length of full-time employment.
  • For 2019-2020, the institutions are required to cover at least $37,000 of their charged tuition (this is called minimum "set rate" value).
  • If the tuition is higher, the participating TEI/CIC 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". This means that the "set rate "value could change each year. This value is based on a weighted average of all participating TE college tuition.