Member Services & Collaborative Agreements

President's Assistant and Secretaries Seminar

The Federation hosts a Seminar for Assistant’s and Secretaries. This meeting is very beneficial to both Federation staff and presidential staff. The event consists of a full day of activities which include educational presentations and networking opportunities. The day concludes with a roundtable discussion on “best practices.” Contact David Tretter at for more information.

Microsoft Program

The Federation Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) Agreement leverages our collective buying power to achieve both cost savings, and a closer, more strategic relationship with Microsoft.

Microsoft EES is an volume-license and subscription program designed specifically to address the unique needs of Higher Education.  The Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) has recently been modernized to simplify and standardize how you license Microsoft cloud services and software.  With EES, you get broader access to cloud services, the ability to more accurately direct technology spend, and enhanced benefits with tools and resources to help you manage your institution while empowering your faculty to innovate through the Microsoft 365 solutions stacks.  EES is now based in cloud services, but it enables you to maintain an on-premises environment so you can migrate to the cloud at your own pace.  By moving to a per user model, Microsoft simplified and standardized coverage calculations and updated user definitions so your technology spend will more accurately reflect the usage of Microsoft cloud services and software.  With an expanded set of cyber security, student use benefits, and access to free online services for light users- you get more value for your campus-wide commitment.

Additional Microsoft Benefits:

The Federation is designated by Microsoft as a managed account:

  • Specific account team from Microsoft is provided for managed schools inclusive of a local Account Manager, Account Technology Strategist, and team of technical specialists
  • Proof of Concept programs, including funding available to eligible schools
  • Federation specific trainings offered (in person and web meeting)

The Federation Microsoft EES Agreement is managed by our Microsoft Reseller, ScholarBuys.  To learn more about the Microsoft EES program, please contact Brendon Palluck at or call him at 1-877-999-9294.

Adobe Programs

The Federation Adobe agreements leverage our collective buying power to achieve both cost savings, and a closer, more strategic relationship with Adobe.

Adobe Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA):

Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) from Adobe is an annual subscription program that provides full access to Creative Cloud applications for every faculty, staff and institutional machine – essentially a site license.  Institutions also receive work at home rights for every faculty and staff member; they can install the Adobe Creative Cloud applications onto their personal computer in addition to their institutional computers.  Additional options including student licensing and Sign which can be added to the agreement.  ETLA is licensed based on full-time equivalent (FTE) count rather than per device.  The Federation ETLA Agreement enables participating institutions to combine their FTEs to qualify for significantly deeper discounts.

Adobe Volume Incentive Program (VIP):

Value Incentive Program (VIP) is Adobe’s other subscription licensing program for Higher Education, where schools may license Creative Cloud.  Pricing is based on quantity per transaction, with ascending discount levels based on aggregate quantity of licenses that an institution purchases within a 12-month period.  The Federation Adobe VIP Agreement is a collaborative initiative that enables participating institutions to “link” VIP’s and extends the deepest discount level (Tier 4) to participating schools, regardless of license quantity.

Cumulative License Program (CLP):

Cumulative License Program (CLP) offers individual institutions a flexible, volume-based program designed to help reduce the total cost of software ownership through perpetual licensing.  Using the aggregated purchasing power of our campuses, the CLP Agreement’s license acquisition requirements are fulfilled, allowing the Federation member institutions the ability to purchase perpetual licenses at a significantly discounted price (Tier 3). 

The Federation Adobe Agreements are managed by our Adobe Reseller, ScholarBuys.  To learn more about any of these programs, please contact Brendon Palluck at or call him at 1-877-999-9294.

VMware Program

VMware Enterprise License Agreement (ELA)

The Federation Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) leverages our collective buying power to achieve to achieve both Enterprise-level discounts, and a closer, more strategic relationship with VMware.

Designed to address Higher Education’s focus on Zero Trust Security, Hybrid Cloud strategies, and Intelligent Operations, the Federation ELA incorporates the solutions and services needed to deliver those outcomes.  The Federation ELA provides a platform that is designed to execute a future facing and optimized approach to IT, while also accommodating the prescriptive needs of each given college or university.

The Federation VMware ELA is managed by our VMware Reseller, ScholarBuys.  To learn more about the ELA program, please contact Brendon Palluck at or call him at 1-877-999-9294.


A value added reseller of computer software, hardware and peripherals; ScholarBuys’ niche focus is helping private and independent colleges and universities harness their IT buying power through Group Purchasing.  ScholarBuys helps the Federation leverage its collective buying power to achieve both cost savings, and a closer, more strategic relationship with companies like Microsoft, Adobe, and VMware.  ScholarBuys is recognized as a premier education consortium-focused vendor because of their service-orientated approach.  Their goal is to maximize the participation and overall value our IT related group purchasing agreements, enabling our member institutions to maximize their investments in these technologies.

To learn more, please contact Brendon Palluck at or call him at 1-877-999-9294.

The Coalition for College Cost Savings

The Federation is a member of The Coalition for College Cost Savings, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering collaboration between independent colleges and their organizations to yield greater strength in the purchasing marketplace in order to secure the lowest prices for purchased commodities and the highest value in performed services. The Coalition serves as a central point of contact for the creation of supplier relationships, program implementation planning and execution and a repository of best practice information on process efficiency.

Currently, The Coalition is comprised of 32 member organizations in 30 states that collectively serve more than 950 private colleges and over 3 million students across the United States. Membership in The Coalition is required to participate in the contracts offered through the Coalition. A nominal annual membership fee is paid by each member organization on behalf of their institutions.

A few of the contracts offered below. To get more information and a list of all the current contracts offered visit

First American Education Finance Purchasing Card Program

The Federation through CCCS is pleased to announce a new Purchasing Card Program with First American Education Finance (FAEF) and its parent, City National Bank. FAEF combines leading online management and expense reporting tools along with an experienced onboarding team. Each program is customized to the individual school’s needs while still benefiting from the collective spend volume of all participants. First American and City National Bank have proudly served over 800 schools with banking and financing needs over the past 25 years.

This outstanding program provides participants a group rebate focused on the aggregate spend of participating members schools (see chart below) as well as these additional Coalition-only benefits:

No minimum per college spend to earn rebates
No accelerated bill payment required to receive earned rebate
No annual fees

RebatesAggregated Spend
0%$0 – $1,999,999.99
.90%$2,000,000.00 – $4,999,999.99
1.15%$5,000,000.00 – $9,999,999.99
1.25%$10,000,000.00 – $14,999,999.99
1.30%$15,000,000.00 – $24,999,999.99

Large Ticket and VISA Preferred Program transactions earn a rebate of 40 bps.*

Based on existing members, tiers should start at 1.15% or higher

In addition, all standard Visa benefits apply. This includes the Visa Liability Waiver (up to $100,000K of coverage per card for eligible employee misuse and abuse), emergency card replacements, travel/emergency assistance and more.

For a demonstration of the platform, questions or to enroll, contact:

Ben Jacob
Senior Product Specialist
(585) 643-3369

JPMorgan Chase Procurement Card Program

The JPMorgan Chase Procurement Card Program became available to Federation members in 2005. This p-card agreement continues to provide the efficiency, control and customer convenience inherent with the use of procurement cards provided by Chase, with upgrades and expansion of the rebate program available to participating schools.

Processing efficiency for purchase transactions
Eliminate paper purchase orders and invoices
Rebate percentage is determined by the individual spend of participant
No cost to your campus for the program access
Standard electronic reports to better manage institution expenditures

While the JPMC PCard program will remain in force for those who are using it, we encourage any new users, those looking for a change, and schools with a spend under $4M to consider the FAEF PCard Program.

For more information contact:

Vince Rago
(312) 909-2634

First American Equipment Finance Agreement

Another CCCS agreement we will be working to expand is with First American Equipment Finance. This is a leasing and asset management agreement that offers very competitive lease rates as an alternative to expending capital dollars for equipment purchases. In addition, the agreement provides financial options for meeting capital equipment needs, and provides numerous on-line tools to manage your investments over time.

This program is particularly attractive for acquiring computer labs and communication infrastructure. First American offers the option of expensing these costs through a managed life-cycle replacement program. The result is the creation of a strategic equipment plan that addresses the critical needs on your campus while preserving your capital for other uses.

For more information contact:

Bob Murrer
Commercial Account Officer, Education Division
800.801.3830 x304
Direct: 585.643.3304
Fax: 585.598.0908

Marsh Risk Management for Educational Industry

Many industry analysts are predicting a hardening market given the recent natural catastrophes, increase in claims on an industry-wide basis, and insurance carrier’s inability to make a substantial return on their investments. Other private college and university consortiums have formed group purchase programs and other alternative risk structures to help insulate them from market fluctuations which help them achieve cost savings as well as to improve coverage, customize loss control and claims services, and develop best practices.

For more information contact:

Frank D. Cella | Managing Director
Marsh | Education Practice Leader
540 W. Madison, Suite 1200 | Chicago, IL 60661
B 312-627-6082 | C 847-644-5143

Ace Word Wide Moving and Storage Co., Inc.

We have set up a program with Ace World Wide Moving and Storage Co., Inc. Ace World Wide stretches from coast to coast with multiple locations and reaches around the world with a powerful network of agents. They are committed to ensuring a nationally comprehensive relocation network specializing in corporate family moving. This program will allow our institutions to save time and money when they need to relocate someone. We rolled this program out to our membership in 2012, and continue to work with our schools to make sure they are aware of the savings that are available to them.

For more information contact:

John Donovan
Midwest Regional Manager

Ace World Wide Moving & Storage
1900 E College Ave. / Cudahy, WI 53110
Office: 414.764.1000 / Fax: 414.764.1650


AffinityLTC has specialized in providing Long Term Care insurance solutions to private, non-profit, higher education for over 15 years AffinityLTC first partnered with the Coalition in 2008 to offer John Hancock and then Genworth group LTCi products with unique benefits and limited underwriting to higher education clients and their families.

AffinityLTC has a new group LTC offering that features:

Allstate Benefits: A+ rated carrier
Utilizes Life Insurance with a LTC rider (state specific) which eliminates the “use it or lose it” drawback of a traditional LTC product.
Completely voluntary program for employees ages 18-80. Full-time and part-time/adjuncts working 20+ hours per week are eligible.
True Guarantee Issue with benefit up to $175,000 for employees ages 18-70. (Simplified Issue for ages 71-80). 
Can be set up as direct billing or payroll deduction.
Easy turnkey enrollment – driven towards online employee entered enrollment – no agent pressure.

LTCI Contacts:

Michael VanGavree
AffinityLTC, LLC
(717) 737-3060 x 300

Amy Ewbank
AffinityLTC, LLC
(717) 737-3060 x 301