Tuition Exchange and Tuition Benefits

Willamette University participates in two tuition exchange programs: The Tuition Exchange and Great Lakes Tuition Remission Exchange. Willamette University employees and their dependents can qualify for Tuition Benefits.

The Tuition Exchange

Tuition Exchange (TE) is a reciprocal scholarship opportunity for the dependents of eligible faculty and staff at all 645 + member schools. At Willamette University, this scholarship covers 100% of tuition for up to 8 semesters. This program is available for undergraduate students.

  • How to apply: First, apply for admission to Willamette University. Then contact the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer (TELO) at the school where the student’s parent is employed (usually someone in the Human Resources Office). The TELO will certify the student’s eligibility for each of the schools that the student is applying to. Willamette University will then select scholarship recipients from the list of certified students.
  • Deadline: Students must be certified by the TELO by February 1st.
  • Notification: Willamette’s Financial Aid Office will communicate Tuition Exchange decisions usually by mid-March. Students will be notified if they are selected as a recipient, not selected, or put on a wait list. Wait list decisions will be made no later than May 15th.
  • How this scholarship can affect other aid eligibility: The Tuition Exchange Scholarship will replace any Willamette University merit scholarship and/or grant funding that the student might have been previously offered. Students can receive, if they meet all other eligibility criteria, federal and state grants, student loans, private scholarships, and/or Federal Work Study in addition to their Tuition Exchange Scholarship.

Great Lakes Tuition Remission Exchange

The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) operates the GLCA Tuition Remission Exchange (TRE) program. If admitted to Willamette University, students eligible for tuition remission because of parental employment at one of the participating colleges will qualify for GLCA-TRE at Willamette University. This scholarship covers 100% of tuition for up to 8 semesters. A 15% participation fee based on the mean tuition charge of participating schools will be charged to the student, in addition to regular tuition and fees each year. This program is available for undergraduate students.

  • How to apply: First, apply for admission to Willamette University. Then contact the Human Resources Office where the student’s parent is employed for specifics on applying and eligibility. A GLCA-TRE Application Form is also required.
  • Deadline: Students must apply for GLCA-TRE by February 1st.
  • Notification: Once admitted to Willamette University, students will receive confirmation of their GLCA-TRE eligibility from the Financial Aid Office.
  • How this scholarship can affect other aid eligibility: The GLCA-TRE Scholarship will replace any Willamette University merit scholarship and/or grant funding that the student might have been previously offered. Students can receive, if they meet all other eligibility criteria, federal and state grants, student loans, private scholarships, and/or Federal Work Study in addition to their Tuition Exchange Scholarship.

Tuition Benefits for Willamette University Employees

Willamette University offers tuition benefits to employees and their dependents. Please contact Human Resources for more information on this benefit.