Tuition Exchange Inc. Program

Columbia College Chicago is a participant in the Tuition Exchange Program. The Tuition Exchange Program (TEP) provides a reciprocal scholarship exchange program for eligible dependents of full-time faculty and staff among its members of over 600 colleges and universities located in 46 states and the United Kingdom. The majority of participating colleges offer only full-time remission for undergraduate degrees. For more information regarding the TEP program visit the Tuition Exchange website.

Note to Columbia Employees: If you are a full-time employee at Columbia and you, or your eligible dependent, would like to apply for a TEP scholarship at a participating institution review our Education Assistance Program information via Intranet and submit a TEP Student Application online.

General Information

The Columbia College Chicago deadline for receiving 2022-23 TEP Scholarship applications is January 15, 2022. Note: Be sure to complete the TEP application with enough time for your school's Liaison Officer to submit it to Columbia by the January 15, 2022 deadline.


To compete in the TEP program, students must:

How to Apply

Only complete TEP applications submitted by the January 15, 2022 deadline will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.

Remember: You must be admitted and have a completed FAFSA on file by January 15, 2022. For details, visit How to Apply. Please note: it is not necessary to have been accepted to the college before applying for this scholarship.


All applicants will be notified of the scholarship committee’s decision by mail by February 15, 2022. We regret that we are unable to give information regarding the committee’s decisions. Any applicants not awarded the TEP scholarship are automatically considered for other Columbia College Chicago awards and scholarships.

Scholarship Terms

The TEP Scholarship is renewable each year up to 120 attempted credit hours (BA), 128 attempted credit hours (BFA, BS, BM) or four years, whichever is reached first. The total credit hours include all transferrable college credit hours, Advanced Placement credit hours, CLEP credit hours, and credit hours earned at other colleges and universities under dual enrollment.

For the scholarship to be renewable, the recipient must:

Other terms:

For questions regarding the TEP program, email: