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Membership in The Tuition Exchange is open to any regionally accredited public or non-profit institution of higher education. Schools may apply at any time during the year.

The Benefits
As a Tuition Exchange member, youll participate in a program that makes a career at your school more appealing and a degree at your institution more affordable. Members tell us our scholarship program helps them attract talented faculty and staff and enroll top-tier students. The opportunity to earn full tuition or substantial scholarships at 600+ member schools proves a strong draw!

For more details on the many ways The Tuition Exchange can benefit your school, click here.

A Look at Our Members
The scope and diversity of our membership creates a program that is unrivaled in its reach.

More than 600 institutions of higher education are members of The Tuition Exchange, representing 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several other countries. Our diverse membership provides students a wide range of school choices. Member schools range in size from 250 to 50,000 students, offer a wide range of degree programs, and reside in diverse geographic settings – from large cities to suburban and rural environments.

Type (Carnegie Groupings) Number % of Category
Public Institutions 8 1%
Private Institutions  
Doctoral Research Universities 51 47%
Masters Colleges & Universities 272 72%
Baccalaureate – Arts & Sciences 133 58%
Baccalaureate – Diverse Fields 101 42%
Specialized, Associate & Other 41 16%

Member Obligations
As a member of The Tuition Exchange, you agree to take on the following responsibilities:

  • Establish policies and guidelines governing employee eligibility, with a priority mechanism for selecting final candidates if demand exceeds the number of slots available.
  • Establish a process to determine which candidates nominated by The Tuition Exchange members will be awarded scholarships.
  • Appoint a Liaison Officer with administrative responsibility for the program. This is typically an employee in your human resources, enrollment or academic affairs department who will serve as your point person and program coordinator.
  • Follow reciprocity rules to maintain a fairly balanced exchange. (Members that are 100% out of balance over the most current five-year period are restricted from making any new award commitments.)
  • Offer full-tuition scholarships or an optional set amount for schools with tuition that exceeds the set amount (which is $31,500 for 2013-14 and $32,500 2014-2015) or one-half tuition scholarships for non-residents at public institutions.
  • Honor all continuing commitments.

More details are included in our Membership Packet, available from the exchange office.

Membership Fees
Initiation Fee $350 (one-time charge)
Annual Dues $500
Participation Fees $35 per year for each exchange scholar sponsored

How to Join
An officer of your institution should send a letter of intent, along with a copy of your schools current catalog or web site address, to:

Robert D. Shorb, Executive Director
The Tuition Exchange
3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20814

You can also submit membership requests via e-mail to info@tuitionexchange.org.

Regionally accredited public and non-profit institutions of higher education will be considered for membership at any time during the year. The Tuition Exchange will send you a formal membership agreement with duplicate copies. You should return one signed copy by mail to The Tuition Exchange with payment of your one-time initiation fee of $350.

Tuition Exchange offers user-friendly capabilities for Liaison Officers and families. I use the web-based system to submit exchange applications and keep current on program activities, and our families use the public site to access a breadth of information about participating schools.
– Bernadette Pham, Assistant Director, Human Resource Services, Dickinson College

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